Srila Prabhupada Read His Own Books

Every morning when I sit down to write these books, Kṛṣṇa personally comes and dictates every word; therefore every time I read....

Radhika Raman Das
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Once in Bombay you ordered me to sit in your room while you were preaching to some Life Members. I sat there and listened for almost an hour. When they left you asked me how I would learn to preach if I did not listen to you preach. You then asked me and the other devotee whom you ordered there if we knew a certain verse from the Bhagavad-gītā, but we did not. Then you inquired from us if we were reading your books every day and we admitted our neglect. You first scolded, then you instructed us that we must read your books every day; otherwise how could we learn anything? Then to our surprise you informed us that you read your own books every day, and you inquired if we knew why. Feeling extremely foolish at this point, we did not offer any answer but waited patiently for your explanation and instructions. When you told us that even you learn something every time you read your own books, we were of course stunned, but when you asked us if we knew why you learned something every time you read your own books, we were even more bewildered. Personally I was totally amazed at what transpired next. You were looking at us with great intensity, and your voice expressed both authority and mysticism. As you moved your hands gracefully through the air, your eyes opened wide and you spoke as follows:

Every morning when I sit down to write these books, Kṛṣṇa personally comes and dictates every word; therefore every time I read these books, even I learn something. And if you read them every day, then you will also learn something every time you read them.”

His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada

You were the original channeler, and you had the Supreme Personality of Godhead as your personal guide.

Even by material standards, to write one hundred books in ten years is inconceivable. When you add to this the transcendental potency of these books, it transcends material comprehension altogether. The glory of your service to the entire sampradāya is expressed through your purports by your giving the commentaries of all the great ācāryas along with your own. For hundreds and even thousands of years these great personalities—Vyāsa, Madhva, Jayatīrtha, Baladeva Vidyābhūṣaṇa, Viśvanātha Cakravartī Ṭhākura, Śrīdhara Swami, and many others—have waited for their transcendental glorification of the Supreme Lord to reach the multitudes of conditioned souls. What satisfaction they must be deriving from seeing the millions of books distributed all over the world to benefit the fallen conditioned souls! You have glorified the Supreme Personality of Godhead and his pure devotees by your service of writing and distributing these books, and you are therefore worthy to be worshiped by all fallen conditioned souls.

Excerpt from “Śrī Vyāsa-pūjā 1996 Centennial ,Vyāsa-Pūjā Homages from ISKCON Centers, The devotees in Bhubaneshwar, India; (written by Bhāgavat dāsa)

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Raman (Radhika Raman Das) joined ISKCON in 2003 and got initiated by HH Bhakti Caitanya Swami Maharaj in 2011. As the Editor in Chief at "The Vaisnava - Online Magazine", he helps readers around the world hone in their Spiritual Curiosity, express their unique realizations as aspiring Vaisnava writers and enthusiasts, as well as to spread the digital seed of Srila Prabhupada's mission to spread Krishna Consciousness all around the globe.
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