Why we should distribute Srila Prabhupada’s books?
Some of you may wonder why the distribution of Srila Prabhupada’s books is stressed so much? There are many reasons and here we will try to list a few by quoting Srila Prabhupada himself, his disciples and also the previous acaryas, including Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu and Sri Krishna Himself.
Let’s start off by watching a short arrival address (Los Angeles, 20/06/1974) by Srila Prabhupada in which he explains why he stresses the distribution of his books so much:
So, Srila Prabhupada clearly wants us to distribute his books. Here are a few more quotes from Srila Prabhupada about the importance of book distribution:
“If you simply push on this one activity of distributing my books, your all success will be there.” –
Srila Prabhupada’s letter to Lalita Kumara, November 15th, 1971.
“If these books are read, there is no doubt that many sincere souls shall be attracted and will join you in your work for Krsna.” – Srila Prabhupada’s letter to Gurudasa, 1st December, 1968.
“The results show that there is no limit to our book distribution. Our books are qualified to be distributed unlimitedly. We are not fiction writers. It is a fact that no expert book salesmen can compete with our men. The librarian has noted the difference between our men and other publisher’s men. We are working for heart and soul, not for money. Such expert salesmen would have to be paid at least $1,000 per month. That means if they had as many men as our Library Party they would have to pay at least $15,000 per month.” – Srila Prabhupada’s letter to Ramesvara, 18th January, 1976.
Then let us hear from Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu who started the Sankirtan Movement and is Krishna Himself come to teach us how to develop love for Krishna.
Sri Caitanya-Caritamrita Adi-lila 9.29 – 9.36: “Not considering who asked for it and who did not, nor who was fit and who unfit to receive it, Caitanya Mahāprabhu distributed the fruit of devotional service.The transcendental gardener, Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu, distributed handful after handful of fruit in all directions, and when the poor, hungry people ate the fruit, the gardener smiled with great pleasure. Lord Caitanya thus addressed the multifarious varieties of branches and subbranches of the tree of devotional service: ‘Since the tree of devotional service is transcendental, every one of its parts can perform the action of all the others. Although a tree is supposed to be immovable, this tree nevertheless moves. All the parts of this tree are spiritually cognizant, and thus as they grow they spread all over the world. I am the only gardener. How many places can I go? How many fruits can I pick and distribute? It would certainly be a very laborious task to pick the fruits and distribute them alone, and still I suspect that some would receive them and others would not. Therefore I order every man within this universe to accept this Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement and distribute it everywhere.'”
And ultimately Sri Krishna tells Arjuna in the Bhagavad-gita, Chapter 18, Verses 68 & 69:
“For one who explains this supreme secret to the devotees, pure devotional service is guaranteed, and at the end he will come back to Me. There is no servant in this world more dear to Me than he, nor will there ever be one more dear.”
And here is what Srila Prabhupada says in the purport: “Anyone, however, who tries sincerely to present Bhagavad-gītā as it is will advance in devotional activities and reach the pure devotional state of life. As a result of such pure devotion, he is sure to go back home, back to Godhead.”
To end we can listen to HH Radhanatha Swami give his reasons for the distribution of Srila Prabhupada’s books: