Meditations on Events After the Battle of Kurukṣetra

Hare Krsna,

The Supreme Lord is absolute and unlimited; His qualities and pastimes are also unlimited. We can observe this in each of the pastimes in this lesson.

Lord Krsna accompanies to deliver water to the dead relatives: Lord Krsna is always present among us as a friend, guide, teacher. As the saying goes, a friend in need is a friend indeed. The fact that the Lord was present in the time of distress of the Pandavas is proof that He is always with us. We just have to turn to Him to acknowledge His presence and pray to Him. We have to have faith that He is with us and is looking after us.

Lord Kṛṣṇa and the munis pacifying those who were shocked and affected: This pastime showed that the Supreme Lord is above all stringent laws of material nature. He is unaffected by the actions and reactions of the living entities. He is therefore truly transcendental. The Pandavas were aggrieved but the Lord is never aggrieved. He is sac-cid-ananda -full of eternity, knowledge and bliss.

The performance of three aśvamedha-yajñas conducted by Mahārāja Yudhiṣṭhira: This pastime shows that the Supreme Lord is more interested to spread the glories of His devotees. He is not interested to take the credit upon Himself even though He is the cause of all causes. He gave the credit of the winning of Kuruksetra war to Arjuna; therefore Arjuna is known as a great warrior in history. Similarly He wants the Pandavas to rule their kingdom. He therefore encouraged Maharaja Yudhisthira to perform the asvamedha sacrifice to cause his virtuous fame to be gloried in all directions. Similarly Lord Caitanya caused Srila Prabhupada’s fame far and wide to spreading Krsna consciousness movement even though the Lord Himself could have done it. Such is the generosity of the Lord.

Lord Krsna’s preparation for His departure to Dvaraka: One of the six opulences of the Lord is renunciation. The Lord is not attached to any time, place and circumstances. A mortal living entity may have got attached to the Pandavas and the kingdom. But the Lord is just like the lotus flower; even though it is in the water it is untouched by it. Similarly Lord Krsna has His transcendental pastime to be performed elsewhere. He had to annihilate the miscreants and protect the devotees. Thus as soon as His Hastinapura pastime was over, He prepared to leave for Dvaraka.

Uttara’s plea for help: The Supreme Lord is the ultimate protector. A pure devotee knows this and is fully surrendered unto Him. The miserable condition of the living entities in the material world can be remedied only by the mercy of the Lord. Although there are so-called material protectors like Lord Brahmā and the other demigods, or even one’s own father, they are unable to do anything if one is neglected by the Supreme Personality of Godhead. However, one who has fully taken shelter of the Lord’s lotus feet can be saved from the onslaught of material nature. Therefore, every living entity should be unattracted by material so-called happiness and should take shelter of the Lord by all means. That is the mission of human life. This is what Uttara did; she took shelter of the Supreme Lord for her and her embryo’s protection.

The Lord says in BG 4.11, ye yatha mam prapadyante tams tathaiva bhajami aham. As all surrender unto Me, I reward them accordingly.

He reciprocates according to the degree of our surrender. Uttara surrendered fully unto the Lord, and hence the Lord is duty bound to protect her.

Lord Krsna knowing that Asvattama threw the brahmastra: The Lord is omnipotent; He knows the past, present and future. Thus, He also knew that the brahmastra was released by Asvatthama again.

The Lord neutralizing the strength of Brahmastra: This shows that the Lord is all-powerful. He is the cause of the entire creation. What is a mere brahmastra in front of Him? With His mere nails, He killed Hiranyakasipu. As Lord Varaha, He killed Hiranyaksa with a little slap on his ear. So what is impossible for the Lord?

The purport of SB 1.8.16 summarized Lord Krsna’s inconceivable power very well.

O brāhmaṇas, do not think this to be especially wonderful in the activities of the mysterious and infallible Personality of Godhead. By His own transcendental energy He creates, maintains and annihilates all material things, although He Himself is unborn. (SB 1.8.16)

Purport: The activities of the Lord are always inconceivable to the tiny brain of the living entities. Nothing is impossible for the Supreme Lord, but all His actions are wonderful for us, and thus He is always beyond the range of our conceivable limits. The Lord is the all-powerful, all-perfect Personality of Godhead. The Lord is cent-percent perfect, whereas others, namely Nārāyaṇa, Brahmā, Śiva, the demigods and all other living beings, possess only different percentages of such perfection. No one is equal to or greater than Him. He is unrivaled.

All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

How Does The Absolute Truth Manifest?

Author: Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakura

The Absolute Truth manifests in five ways: as parä tattva, vyüha, vaibhava, antaryämé, and arcä. Each of these is the worshipable Lord.

Apart from these manifestations, everything and everyone else is in the category of servant. The Lord accepts offerings from His servants,  and each of these five manifestations of the Lord reciprocates with Their respective servants. There is no meaning to being dominant if there is no servitor over whom one predominates. Therefore each manifestation of the Absolute Truth has His own servants.

When one begins to worship a Deity , they use particular ingredients. Then they worships the Supersoul in the mind. Next, they worship
the Lord’s vaibhava incarnations. This is the progression.

For example, one may worship Lord Rama. Sri Rama appeared with His servants, notably Hanuman and Sugriva. One should worship
the vaibhava incarnations only as They appear before Their servants. After worshiping the vaibhava manifestation, one worships the vyühas.

There are four vyühas, namely Vasudeva, Sankarsana, Pradyumna, and Aniruddha. Ultimately one comes to the worship of the Absolute Truth, parä-tattva, Sri Krishna. To climb from the bottom of a hill to the top, we must go uphill, step by step. In our journey toward the Absolute Truth (parä-tattva) Krishna, we will find that worshiping the arcä will help us. Therefore Hari-bhakti-viläsa states:

yena janma-çataiù pürvaà,väsudevaù samärcita
tan-mukhe hari-nämäni, sadä tiçöhanti bhärata

“O descendant of Bharata, the holy names of Lord Visnu are always vibrating in the mouth of one who has previously worshiped Vasudeva perfectly for hundreds of lifetimes.”

Immanent (esoterically situated), pure, unalloyed conscience is called antaryämé or caitya-guru, the Supersoul. The antaryämé is
an internal entity. Because we have forgotten Krishna, we have come to this material world, far from our eternal home. We are meant to return. The first aid on our journey is Deity worship, then awareness of and focus on the antaryämé, then worship of the vaibhava (plenary) incarnations, then worship of the vyüha (expanded) forms, and finally, full consciousness of the parä-tattva, the Absolute Truth.

Even after worshiping the Supreme Lord for many births a materialistic person cannot make the kind of advancement made by those who
associate directly with guru and the Vaisnavas, hearing hari-kathä from them. The fortune we receive by faithfully hearing about Krishna from the most merciful spiritual master and the Vaisnavas cannot be achieved even if the Deity form reveals Himself to us due to immense compassion.

The Supersoul does not always speak to us
directly. Sastra states:

çikñä-guru ke ta’ jäni kåñëera svarüpa,
antaryämé, bhakta-çreñöha ei dui rüpa

One should know the instructing spiritual master to be the Personality of Krishna. Lord Krishna manifests Himself as the Supersoul and as the greatest devotee of the Lord. (Caitanya-caritämåta, Ädi 1.47)

jive säksät nähi täte guru caitya-rüpe,
sikçä-guru haya krsna-mahänta-svarüpe

Since one cannot visually experience the presence of the Supersoul, He appears before us as a liberated devotee. Such a spiritual master is none other than Krishna Himself. (Caitanya-caritämåta Ädi 1.58)

antaryämiisvarera ei riti haye,
bähire nä kahe, vastu prakäçe hådaye

The Supersoul within everyone’s heart speaks not externally but from within. He directs the devotees in all respects, and that is His way of instruction. (Caitanya-caritämåta Madhya 6.83)

The vaibhava incarnations like Sri Rama speak with, instruct, and guide the jivas, ascertaining what is for their benefit and what is not. The vyühas’ activities are of a different nature – more recreational and less instructive.

The supreme Absolute Truth, para-tattva, manifests in four ways, but one can only understand this science by the Lord’s mercy. Sastra states:

isvarera krpa-lesa haya ta’ yahare

sei ta’ isvara-tattva janibare pare

If one receives but a minuscule amount of the Lord’s favour, by dint of devotional service, they can understand the nature of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. (Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya 6.83)

We think that the Lord’s Deity is inanimate; but He is not a product of matter. He is sat-cit-ananda (eternal, blissful and fully cognizant). Sri Gaurangadeva said:

isvarera sri-vigraha sac-cid-anandakara,

se-vigrahe kaha sattva-gunera vikara

The transcendental form of the Supreme Personality of Godhead is complete in eternity, cognizance, and bliss. However, you describe this transcendental form as a product of material goodness. (Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya 6.166)

sri-vigraha ye namane, sei ta’ pasandi,

adasya aspasya, sei haya yama-dandi

One who does not accept the transcendental form of the Lord is certainly an agnostic. Such a person should be neither seen nor touched. Indeed, he is subject to be punished by Yamaraja. (Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya 6.167)

Elsewhere in Sastra it is stated:

pratima naha tumi saksat vrajendra-nandana

vipra lagi’ kara tumi akarya-karana

My dear Lord, You are not a statue; You are directly the son of Maharaja Nanda. Now, for he sake of the old brahmana, please do something You have never done before. (Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya 5.96)

The spiritual master helps us as the intermediary so that there will be a guide between the Deity, the worship, and the worshiper. Otherwise, if the worshiper is not self-realized or if he lacks knowledge of the Deity form, his worship will turn into the idol worship of children. We do not need idol worship; we have a great need to worship the Lord.

The Deity is defined as that form that is offered worship. The Deity is non-different from the Lord. For our benefit the Supreme Lord manifests in the Deity. Ordinary people think the Deity only an idol because He cannot walk or take initiative. This is their illusion. If they learn to associate with pure devotees, their illusion can be removed. Cultivation of the Absolute Truth depends heavily on hearing and chanting. That is why the sastra states:

brahmanda bhramite kona bhagyavan jiva,

guru-krsna-prasade paya bhakti-lata-bija

mali hana kare sei bija aropana,

sravana-kirtana-jale karaye secana

Out of many millions of wandering living entities, one who is very fortunate gets an opportunity to associate with a bona fide spiritual master by the grace of Krishna. By the mercy of both Krishna and the spiritual master, such a person receives the seed of the creeper of devotional service.

When a person receives the seed of devotional service, he should take care of it by becoming a gardener and sowing the seed in his heart. If he systematically waters the seed by the process of sravana and kirtana [hearing and chanting], it will begin to sprout. (Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya 19.151-152)

It used to be that when the spiritual master glorified Krishna everyone listened. Nowadays it is just the opposite. Professional reciters sit on their guru’s raised dais (asana) to glorify Krishna without ever having become disciples themselves.

A real disciple should first learn what understanding his spiritual master has and in which spirit he worships Krishna. It is stated:

om ajnana-timirandhasya, jnananjana-salakaya

caksur unmilitam yenam tasmai sri-gurave namah

I was born in the darkest ignorance, and my spiritual master opened my eyes with the torch of knowledge. I offer my respectful obeisance unto him.

When the material cataract on our spiritual vision is removed, we will be from all misconceptions. Don’t think that pretentious behavior when approaching a spiritual master will grant one perfection. It would be foolish to think that you have gained a coconut just because you are standing under a coconut tree. One must climb the tree, pick the coconut from the treetop, and break its shell. Then only can you take advantage of the coconut and drink its nourishing and tasty water.

You should also not think that performing devotional practices (bhajana) under the guidance of guru and the Vaisnavas and practicing mystic yoga are the same. If devotion is absent from a process, it is useless. If we simply live comfortably while studying Vedanta and logic, we will not make tangible spiritual advancement. Even if we become geniuses in logic and Vedanta, we will not go to Vaikuntha. The only path to spiritual fortune is to perform worship of the Lord (hari-bhajana) under the expert direction of a bona fide guru.

— Amrtavani » Nectar of Instructions of Immoratality » Compiled instructions of His Divine Grace Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura » Touchstone Media.


The Tactics For Removing Anarthas



1. “One should always serve the spiritual master and the Vaisnavas by respecting them equally. One should keep firm faith in the words of the previous acaryas.” – Sajjana Tosani 7/3 

2. If one is chastised by a qualified Vaisnava he should simply remain silent and never think of retaliation or revenge.” – Sajjana Tosani 7/4

3. “A practitioner of devotional service should show humility before the Supreme Lord, present himself as uneducated before the spiritual master, be submissive to the Vaisnavas, and manifest detachment towards material existence.” – Sajjana Tosani 7/3

4. “If one has an intention to remove from the kingdom of the heart, the disturbances created by
those demons whom Lord Krishna had killed, one should humbly pray to Lord Hari. Then  Hari will certainly remove those anarthas ( obstacles). And the anarthas which are created by those demons who were killed by Baladeva should be removed by the endeavor of the practitioner. This is the secret of worshiping  Lord Krishna in the mood of the Brajavasés, the inhabitants of Vrindavan.” – Caitanya Siksamrta 6/6

5. “Certain pious activities, which lead to bhakti, generate faith. When one performs them he becomes interested in associating with pure devotees of the Lord. Thereafter, one accepts initiation from a spiritual master and executes the regulative principles of devotional service under his orders. Thus one is freed from all unwanted habits and becomes firmly fixed in devotional service. Thereafter, one develops taste and attachment. This is the way of sadhana-bhakti, the execution of devotional service according to regulative principles. Gradually emotions intensify (bhava), and finally there is an awakening of love (prema). This is the gradual development of love of Godhead for the devotee interested in Krishna consciousness. While chanting at the stage of nistha, anarthas are destroyed and one attains taste for the holy name (ruci). Then as more anarthas are destroyed, one comes to the stage of attachment (asakti). Gradually as one attains stage of bhava, or rati, almost all anarthas are destroyed. In this development, if the desire for fame arises due to the company of non-devotees, it leads to kutinati (diplomacy), which then results in one’s fall-down. Therefore, one should carefully abandon the company of non-devotees and at the same time one should always chant the Lord’s name in great ecstasy.” – Bhajana-rahasya Chapter 1

—An excerpt from Bhaktivinoda Vani Vaibhava

Source: Nityam Bhagavata-Sevaya #99 :: The Tactics For Removing Anarthas

The Koran Describes Allah as a Personal God with Form

The following is an excerpt from the Sri Caitanya Caritamrita with the translations and purports of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada in which Lord Caitanya reveals the ultimate conclusion of the Muslim scripture, the Koran:

Among the Muslims was a grave person who was wearing a black dress. People called him a saintly person. The heart of that saintly person softened upon seeing Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. He wanted to talk to Him and establish impersonal Brahman on the basis of his own scripture, the Koran. When that person tried to establish the impersonal Brahman conception of the Absolute Truth on the basis of the Koran, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu refuted his argument. Whatever arguments he put forward, the Lord refuted them all. Finally the person became stunned and could not speak.

Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu said, “The Koran certainly establishes impersonalism, but at the end it refutes that impersonalism and establishes the personal God. The Koran accepts the fact that ultimately there is only one God. He is full of opulence, and His bodily complexion is blackish. According to the Koran, the
Lord has a supreme, blissful, transcendental body. He is the Absolute Truth, the all-pervading, omniscient and eternal being.

He is the origin of everything. Creation, maintenance and dissolution come from Him. He is the original shelter of all gross and subtle cosmic manifestations. The Lord is the Supreme Truth, worshipable by everyone. He is the cause of all causes. By engaging in His devotional service, the living entity is relieved from material existence. No conditioned soul can get out of material bondage without serving the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Love at His lotus feet is the ultimate goal of life.

According to the Muslim scripture, without evadat, offering prayers at a mosque or elsewhere five times daily (namaz), one cannot be successful in life. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu pointed out that in the
revealed scripture of the Muslims, love of Godhead is the ultimate goal. Karma-yoga and jnana-yoga are certainly described in the Koran, but ultimately the Koran states that the ultimate goal is the offering of prayers to the Supreme Person (evadat).

“The happiness of liberation, whereby one merges into the Lord’s existence, cannot even be compared to a fragment of the transcendental bliss obtained by service unto the Lord’s lotus feet. In the Koran there are descriptions of fruitive activity, speculative knowledge, mystic power and union with the Supreme, but ultimately all this is refuted and the Lord’s personal feature established, along with His devotional service. The scholars of the Koran are not very advanced in knowledge. Although there are
many methods prescribed, they do not know that the ultimate conclusion should be considered the most powerful. Seeing your own Koran and deliberating over what is written there, what is your conclusion?”

The saintly Muslim replied, “All that You have said is true. This has certainly been written in the Koran, but our scholars can neither understand nor accept it. Usually they describe the Lord’s impersonal aspect, but they hardly know that the Lord’s personal feature is worshipable. They are undoubtedly lacking this knowledge.

The saintly Muslim admitted that those who were supposedly conversant in the teachings of the Koran could not ultimately understand the essence of the Koran. Because of this, they accepted only the Lord’s impersonal feature. Generally they recite and explain this portion only. Although the transcendental body of the Lord is worshipable, most of them are unaware of this.

“Since You are that very same Supreme Personality of Godhead Himself, please be merciful upon me. I am fallen and unfit. I have studied the Muslim scripture very extensively, but from it I cannot conclusively decide what the ultimate goal of life is or how I can approach it. Now that I have seen You, my tongue is chanting the Hare Krishna maha-mantra. The false prestige I felt from being a learned scholar is now gone.”

Saying this, the saintly Muslim fell at the lotus feet of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and requested Him to speak of life’s ultimate goal and the process by which it could be obtained.

Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu said, “Please get up. You have chanted the holy name of Krishna; therefore, the sinful reactions you have accrued for many millions of lives are now gone. You are now pure.”

Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu then told all the Muslims there, “Chant the holy name of Krishna! Chant the holy name of Krishna!” As hey all began to chant, they were overwhelmed by ecstatic love.

Source: Ultimate Self Realization Course (Sankarshan Das Adhikari)

All Devotees Should Write

“If you sit down and write some article on Krsna, that means you have to concentrate on Krsna’s activities or Krsna’s devotees’ activities, and that very process will purify your heart. Therefore we always recommend to our students that you write articles, read our magazine, read our book. In this way if we keep ourself… Work for Krsna. This… We have come here in this pandal or in this Kumbha-mela not for any other purpose than to glorify the Supreme Lord so that people may understand the importance of this movement.”

(Srila Prabhupada’s Lecture on Srimad Bhagavatam, January 17, 1971)

“Keep on with the practice of writing articles; in the midst of your heavy duties go on writing something glorifying the Lord and put our philosophy into words. Writing articles means to express oneself how he is understanding the whole philosophy. So this writing is necessary for everyone.”

(Letter to Giriraja — London, August 12, 1971)

“My long desired scheme of a Krsna Conscious daily newspaper is being implemented. Please do this work very nicely. It will be a very great step in the history of ISKCON movement.”

(Srila Prabhupada Letter to Satsvarupa, 1971)

“Here in this world there are thousands of newspapers and magazines reporting the stale, repetitious happenings of this limited space. So for reporting the news of the unlimited spiritual realm, concerning the eternal, ever-fresh Supreme Personality of Godhead, we could publish a newspaper at every second, what to speak of daily.”

(Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura)

“According to social conventions, it is said that one can speak the truth only when it is palatable to others. But that is not truthfulness. The truth should be spoken in such a straight and forward way, so that others will understand actually what the facts are. If a man is a thief and if people are warned that he is a thief that is truth. Although sometimes the truth is unpalatable, one should not refrain from speaking it. Truthfulness demands that the facts be presented as they are for the benefit of others. That is the definition of truth.”

(Bhagavad-Gita As It Is, 10.4)

“Preaching also means reading and writing, or else what will you preach?”

(Letter to Gurudasa — Mayapur, February 18, 1977)

“All students should be encouraged to write some article after reading Srimad-Bhagavatam, Bhagavad-gita and Teachings of Lord Caitanya. They should realize the information, and they must present their assimilation in their own words. Otherwise, how they can become preachers?”

(Letter to Brahmananda — Los Angeles, July 1, 1969)

“We need so many preachers who are soundly versed in the scriptures to convince the world to take to Krishna Consciousness. I am glad that you and the others are each writing one hour daily essays. That is parampara. All of our previous acaryas on our line have written substantially on the science of God-consciousness, so I would also like all my students to do this and I am very encouraged by this nice program you have initiated.”

(Letter to Vrindaban Candra — Bombay, November 9, 1970)

“Realization means you should write, every one of you, what is your realization. What for this Back to Godhead is? You write your realization, what you have realized about Kṛṣṇa. That is required. It is not passive. Always you should be active. Whenever you find time, you write. Never mind, two lines, four lines, but you write your realization. Śravaṇaṁ kīrtanam, writing or offering prayers, glories. This is one of the function of the Vaiṣṇava. You are hearing, but you have to write also. Then write means smaraṇam, remembering what you have heard from your spiritual master, from the scripture.Śravaṇaṁ kīrtanaṁ viṣṇoḥ: [SB 7.5.23] about Viṣṇu, not for others. Don’t write any nonsense thing for any nonsense man. Useless waste of time. Viṣṇu. Write about Viṣṇu, Kṛṣṇa. This is cultivation of Kṛṣṇa consciousness. Hear, write, remember, try to understand. Don’t be dull, dull-headed. Very intelligent.”

(Sri Brahma-samhita, Verse 32 Excerpt — Los Angeles, August 14, 1972)

“…yes. And our men, all our men should write. Otherwise how we shall know that he has understood the philosophy? Writing means sravanam kirtanam. Sravanam means hearing from the authority and again repeat it. This is our business, sravanam kirtanam visnoh, about Visnu, not for any politician or any other man. Sravanam kirtanam visnoh, about Krsna or Visnu. So that is success. Hear and repeat, hear and repeat. You haven’t got to manufacture. Any one of us, simply if you reproduce the purport which I have given in the Bhagavata, you become a good speaker.”

(Srila Prabhupada’s Arrival Address, June 20, 1975, Los Angeles)

“Please accept my blessings. I beg to acknowledge receipt of your letter dated December 7, 1969 along with the article of Acyutananda. Your decision not to publish this article is correct. To the neophyte devotees we should issue instruction that there are four stages of understanding the absolute truth. The first stage is re-establishing our relationship with Krishna. This is the first stage. The second stage is after understanding our relationship, to perform devotional service under proper guidance. The third stage is acquisition of the desired object. The fourth stage is relishing the nectar of perfectional love. So Radha-Krishna lila belongs to the fourth stage of understanding, and we are publishing BTG for people in general to re-establish their forgotten relationship with Krishna. So we should always remember this and from Srimad-Bhagavatam, Bhagavad-Gita, and Isopanisad they should try to write how our relationship is revoked from this stage of forgetfulness. They should write articles like this: 1) Krishna, the omnipotent, 2) how God can be realized as all-pervasive, 3) the original source of everything, 4) transcendental process of hearing, 5) how one gets out of the clutches of maya, 6) prayers by arjuna, 7) prayers by kunti devi, 8) prayers by Bhismadeva. They should try to understand krishna first in so many ways which are described in our Bhagavatam. They should read them carefully and pick up subject matters as above mentioned. What general people will understand about Radha-Krishna lila? Immediately they will take it as ordinary boys and girls in spite of a thousand warnings, “This is not this, this is not this.” So you shall issue instruction that they should write articles on the subject matters as above mentioned. They should read our Bhagavatam. The purports are there: they should assimilate them in their own words in a literary career.”

(Srila Prabhupada’s Letter to Satsvarupa, December 13, 1969)

“I hear from all our centers that they have instituted regular classes for writing articles and still you say they do not contribute sufficiently to Back to Godhead. How is that? I want all our students to write articles for our transcendental magazine.”

(Srila Prabhupada’s Letter to Satsvarupa, January 11, 1971)

“Regarding your question about writing songs about krishna, this is not very important thing. You can write, but one cannot take it very seriously. If any vaisnava is writing song about krishna, that should be from one who himself has realized Krishna, just like our great saints and acaryas like Madhvacarya, Ramanujacarya, Rupa gosvami, six gosvamis, Bilvamangala, Bhaktivinode Thakura, like that. They are self-realized souls, therefore if they write something song about Krishna, that is perfectly from the transcendental platform, without any tinge of mundane influence or nonsense imagination. Unless someone comes in the category of these great leading vaisnava personalities, his manufacturing some songs will be misleading to himself and to others. And unless his writing of poems and songs can be accepted as gospel, as vedas or the Absolute Truth, such writing is diverting the attention from the subject matter only and should not be regarded very seriously. Now you should become serious to pursue this Krishna consciousness movement with full energy of body, mind and soul. If you are writing poems and songs, that’s alright, you can do it also, but if you can write articles for our Back to Godhead magazine, that is better, that is solid preaching work. No one should write songs of Krishna unless he is self-realized soul, that will spoil the value of the whole thing. But try to use your writing and singing talent for krishna’s preaching work, by writing articles, singing the kirtana, like that. Than you will be happy, and I think you should without further delay try to become devotees as the others are doing and live with us and practise the regulative principles of brahmacari life. In this way, become determined to fix your all attention for seeing Krishna face to face by the Krishna Consciousness process and than you shall qualify yourself for writing songs about Krishna and you chant always this Hare Krishna mantra you can come to the highest point of seeing Krishna very soon, you may know it for certain.”

(Srila Prabhupada’s Letter to Billy Reyburne, March 12, 1972)

‘It is by the mercy of all these Vaisnavas and gurus that I attempt to write about the pastimes and qualities of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Whether I know or know not, it is for self purification that I write this book.

The purport is that for transcendental writing one must be an authorized vaisnava and should write to purify oneself, not for credit. It may or may not be published, but one who is actually sincere in writing, all his ambitions will be fulfilled.”

(Srila Prabhupada’s Letter to Patita Uddharana, October 14, 1973)

Hari-sauri: “That man from Delhi said that he thought you were an incarnation of Vyasadeva.

Prabhupada: Yes. Any devotee in literary career, he is to be understood… Just like our Vrndavana dasa Thakura. He is described as incarnation of Vyasadeva because Vyasadeva wrote Bhagavatam and he wrote Caitanya-bhagavata.

Pradyumna: Vyasa-puja.

Prabhupada: Vyasa-puja. Vyasa-prasadam. Unless one is blessed by Vyasadeva, he cannot write transcendental literature.

(Srila Prabhupada Room Conversation, February 16, 1977, Mayapur)

“Whatever you might write due to false pride, trying to surpass Sridhara Svami, would carry a contrary purport. Therefore no one would pay attention to it.


Srimad-Bhagavatam has many tikas, or commentaries, following the parampara system, but Sridhara Svami’s is first. The commentaries of all the other acaryas follow his. The parampara system does not allow one to deviate from the commentaries of the previous acaryas. By depending upon the previous acaryas, one can write beautiful commentaries. However, one cannot defy the previous acaryas. The false pride that makes one think that he can write better than the previous acaryas will make one’s comments faulty. At the present moment it has become fashionable for everyone to write in his own way, but such writing is never accepted by serious devotees. Because of false pride, every scholar and philosopher wants to exhibit his learning by interpreting the sastras, especially Bhagavad-Gita and Srimad-Bhagavatam, in his own way. This system of commenting in one’s own way is fully condemned by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Therefore He says, ‘artha-vyasta’ likhana sei. Commentaries written according to one’s own philosophical way are never accepted; no one will appreciate such commentaries on the revealed scriptures.”

(Caitanya-caritamrta Antya 7.134 – The Meeting of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and Vallabha Bhatta)

“I can see from your writing that you have got capacity to write, this is a great help. You can write articles for Back to Godhead, so writing capacity is not discouraged. And I shall always be glad to receive your long letters.”

(Srila Prabhupada’s Letter to Krsna dasa, October 21, 1968)

“So far as reviews I think that there is no need to review nonsense books and give them publicity at our cost. The sincere theists and philosophers will surely appreciate our presentation of Bhagavad-gita as it is so you can write some articles on the basis of our discussions in this book or in Srimad-Bhagavatam.”

(Srila Prabhupada’s Letter to Janardana, December 19, 1968)

“By writing according to our realization we become more and more convinced and all doubts are destroyed.”

(Srila Prabhupada Letter to Pusta Krsna – Hyderabad, March 23, 1973)



Compiled by: Premanjana das (Pranjal Joshi)