Reading OtheR BOOks His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Reading OtheR BOOks
His Divine Grace A. C.
Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
So far as reading is concerned, you may read any
one of the books you have mentioned — Introduction
to Srimad Bhagavatam, Professor Sanyal’s book, Srila
Bhaktivinoda’s book Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu — Life and
Precepts, or English translations of Sri Caitanya-caritamṛta.
The best thing is to take any one of the above mentioned
books and finish it from beginning to end. If you can do
that with Srila Bhaktivinode’s book, that would be very
nice. (Letter to Mahapurush, 7 March 1968.)
There is even archaeological evidence of Vyasadev
which was recently propounded by one Dr. Chakravarti.
I personally saw this in a monthly magazine of Calcutta
of the name “Mother” in which I was giving my
articles. If you like, you can inquire from them or such
institutes as Chaitanya Research Institute, started by
my god-brother Tirtha Maharaja. That is not a very
difficult task. (Letter to Janardan, 2 March 1969.)
Regarding the Susruta-saṁhita, I have no information
about this. Susruta-saṁhita is a big book of medical
science. It cannot be understood by ordinary
laymen. I do not know why you bother about this,
but if somebody helps you from this book, I have no
objection. (Letter to Arundhati, 1 April 1970.)
Gopal Krishna informed me that you plan to build the
temple in Nellore with the help of local life members.

This is a very good idea. You may construct a library
and a meditation hall to please the donors, but as far as
possible the library should carry our books and books
of other vaiṣṇava acaryas. In the meditation hall you
may put pictures of Krishna on all four sides. (Letter
to Mahamsa Swami, 17 August 1975.)
There is no need of studying Manu. Don’t divert your
attention in that way. We have got so many books. Those
you should study. (Letter to Nayanabhiram, 30 April 1971.)
We have no business with Tagore’s Gitañjali. We are
simply interested in spreading Krishna’s Gita. When the
greatest author, Krishna, is there, there is no need of bringing
smaller authors. When there is the brightest sunshine,
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there is no need of bringing small lamps. When there is
the brightest moonshine, there is no need of bringing
glowworms. This is our principle. If you want to write
something, read our Bhagavad-gita As It Is carefully and
write something simple to benefit the common people.
(Letter to S.N. Sharma, 9 November 1976.)

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