108 Quotes on the Potency of Srila Prabhuapda’s Books

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“These Are Not Ordinary Books”

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  • “These books are the foundation stone of our movement.”
  • “books are the basis of our Movement. Without our books, our preaching will have no effect.”
  • “If this book distribution is managed properly…the whole world will become Krishna conscious.”
  • “Not ordinary books… Anyone who reads, he is hearing.”
  • “Yes, if they read. Even if they touch. That is the difference between this book and ordinary book.”
  • “The instruction given in my books is supposed to be personal instruction.”
  • “Hearing must be from sadhu, from devotee, from the lips of the devotee…If you simply read Krishna book or Bhagavad-gita or Teachings of Lord Chaitanya…As long as you are reading, the sun is unable to take your life.”
  • “What I talk, I have written in the books…you can associate with me by reading my books.”
  • A moment’s association with the commentary of a pure devotee
  • Even a little association with your books has the same effect?
  • “Not my books, Kṛṣṇa’s books.”
  • “…it is not my writing. It is Kṛṣṇa’s writing.”
  • “When there is time I go on reading my own books.”
  • “taking shelter of these books means taking shelter of Krsna.”
  • “Where is such literature throughout the whole world? It is all Kṛṣṇa’s mercy. Every line is perfect.”
  • “these books are the ultimate source of knowledge”
  • “this clear understanding of God is not available anywhere else but from our books.”
  • “anyone who reads them is sure to become Krishna Conscious.”
  • “If he reads one śloka, his life will be successful. If he reads one śloka, one word.”
  • “It is just like sugar doll. Anywhere touch—it is sweet.”
  • “each time he gets new enlightenment”
  • “without fail, new aspects of the subject matter will be relished by the devotee”
  • “Kṛṣṇa is giving. I never thought my books will be sold as much. I never… Neither in the history of human society religious books sell six lakhs of rupees daily.”
  • “That gentleman has written, “Swami Bhaktivedanta will be remembered for centuries, making history.””
  • “…supposed to be intelligent or scholar and does not read my books, his knowledge has no profit. That’s a fact. Asampūrṇa. He remains still in darkness. That is a fact.”
  • “Yes, that is a fact. That authority I have got.”
  • “…it is Krsna’s grace. Otherwise, not possible. Human being, it is not possible.”
  • “Why I get up at night, one o’clock, and do this job? Because I cannot do without it. How one will do it artificially? This is quality. Therefore they like my purports.”
  • “My purports are liked by people because it is presented as practical experience.”


“I Have Instructed Everything In My Books”

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  • “In my books the philosophy of Krishna Consciousness is explained fully so if there is anything which you do not understand, then you simply have to read again and again.”
  • Questions that may arise when not present: “the questions… Answers are there in my books.”
  • “if you cannot understand, read it repeatedly…the answers will automatically come.”
  • “The whole substance of Vaiṣṇava philosophy and activities, everything is there.”
  • “all conclusive statements in the Kingdom of Bhakti”
  • “All these books should be regularly read. That will give you guidance. You haven’t got to ask repeatedly to me; everything is there.”
  • “Why I’m working so hard? Read the books.”
  • “We have presented the complete philosophy of Krsna Consciousness in our books”
  • “The original potency of the sastra remains in these books”
  • the essence of all the previous acaryas’ books
  • “Whatever is to be learned of the teachings of Srila Bhaktivinode Thakura can be learned from our books.”
  • “Read only one book if that was all that I had written.”
  • “all of the contents of these books become revealed from within.”
  • “an immense treasure of knowledge in art, science, literature, philosophy and religion will be revealed”
  • “full of the different aspects of this deep philosophy of Krishna Consciousness”
  • “outlines of thought are already there…They are so full of meaning. Provided you can express the meanings.”
  • “Everything is there. Read it”


“Cram the purports of my books…everything is there.”

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  • “Each sloka can be seen from many, many angles of vision”
  • “read books more and more and try to understand the subject matter from different angles of vision… listen to the tapes of my lectures”
  • Study our books, see our philosophy from different lights of directions, become convinced yourself, you will see Krishna face-to-face.
  • “we have to study from all angles of vision, not simply by sentiment.”
  • “In order to remain steadily fixed in Krishna consciousness there must be a sound philosophical understanding.”
  • “If you want to stay in Krsna Consciousness you will have to develop firm faith in Guru and Sastra. Therefore, you must study my books very scrutinizingly.”
  • “Temple life is going on with little change, but we should become habituated to read the books more profoundly.”
  • “…speaking something against the teachings of the dīkṣā-guru… one who is offensive, how he can make advance in chanting?…Your guru is writing books. If you think, “There is no necessity of reading books,” that is guror avajñā (offensive)…”
  • “the real standard of understanding”
  • “most essential that all the initiated devotees study our books and learn this philosophy very well”
  • “So if you study my books very carefully, then I am sure you will find out the means for applying this Krsna Consciousness philosophy in all spheres of life. There is no limitation. Simply it requires a little common sense practicality.”
  • “these siddhantic conclusions are being mentioned in all my books, and the boys and girls in our Krsna Society should now give more attention for studying the books very attentively.”
  • “must read all the books that have been translated…otherwise they will miss the opportunity…”
  • “cram the purports of my books…Everything is there.”
  • “if you read these literatures carefully you will realize the topmost science of Krsna Consciousness”
  • “read them very carefully, and gradually the knowledge will become revealed to you.”
  • “very easily you will make your advancement in Krishna Consciousness.”
  • “utilize whatever time you find to make a thorough study of my books. Then all your questions will be answered.”
  • “always read my books daily and all your questions will be answered and you will have a firm basis of Krishna Consciousness.”


“Hear and Repeat”

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  • “Hear and repeat…otherwise how we shall know that he has understood the philosophy?”
  • “but they should all be on the basis of our books. You should not go beyond the jurisdiction of our teaching.”
  • “You must write just as you have heard from your Guru and nothing else. Otherwise, your writing is useless.”
  • “That is preaching. Our process is anuśṛṇuyāt. We hear from the superior and reproduce it.”
  • “You are hearing, but you have to write also. Then write means smaranam, remembering what you have heard from your spiritual master… Hear, write, remember…We have got so many books.”
  • “We haven’t got to invent something by our fertile brain for preaching. Everything is there.”
  • “memorize the purports of my books and then speak them in your own words.”
  • “My disciples should become all good preachers, and that depends on studying the books nicely so that you can arrive at the right conclusion.”
  • “they must present their assimilation in their own words”
  • “read from my books and try and explain the meaning in your own words”
  • “kindly continue to develop in this way and write more and more of your realizations based upon our books.”
  • “study my books and reproduce the purports in your own language. You should instruct your temple presidents to preach like this.”
  • “they (classes) should all be on the basis of our books”
  • “Our preaching must be based upon the subject matter from books and nothing outside of them.”
  • “write more and more of your realizations based upon our books. There is no need to concoct anything new.”
  • “read my books more carefully and present things as I have presented them.”
  • “read the books and learn the purports and then speak to them in your own words.”


“Where there is no ignorance, there is no disturbance.”

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  • “So my oral instruction as well as my books are all at your service. Now you GBC consult them and get clear and strong idea, then there will be no disturbance.”
  • “must study my books very scrutinizingly… Don’t take this movement as something cheap.”
  • “Your siddhanta is correct to the sastra and in this way go on reading books… […] …otherwise we can be misled by bogus philosophies.”
  • “if there is lack of knowledge, or if there is forgetfulness, everything will be spoiled in time.”
  • “simply read My books and reproduce it… As it is…If I add something, my own imagination, then it will spoil.”
  • Your words are sufficient. The potency is there. When they change, it is something else.
  • “Unless we take care of the books and preach and read ourself, understand the philosophy, this Hare Kṛṣṇa will be finished within few years.”


“These books will do everything.”

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  • “it is the duty of the ācārya to publish books that will help future candidates take up the method of service and become eligible to return home, back to Godhead, by the mercy of the Lord. In our Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement, this same path is being prescribed and followed.”
  • “Only hope is that you distribute books, as much as possible, whole Europe, whole America…they will realize that what valuable books we have left for the study of the whole world. That will come.”
  • “If they come to sense some day, they’ll read all these books, and they will come to know how to live life. That is our contribution, Kṛṣṇa consciousness.”
  • “They will someday realize how valuable books we have left them.”
  • “So kindly help me. This is my request.”
  • “I have given you all the guidance and hints and it is described in all my books.”
  • “I have given my ideas and direction in my books.”
  • “if there is any difficulty you may consult my books”
  • “if they cannot answer from their experience, then I have given answer in my books.”
  • We can understand all of your instructions simply by reading your books.
  • “whatever I know I have explained in my books. Beyond that I have no knowledge. […] if you do not find answer from my books, then it is hopeless.”
  • “Whatever I have to speak, I have spoken in my books. Now you try to understand it and continue your endeavor. Whether I am present or not present, it doesn’t matter.”
  • “I will always be with you through my books and orders.”
  • “The brainwash books are already there. Even if they stop externally, internally it will go on.”
  • “if there are no more temples, then the books shall remain.”
  • “We have got so many books, so if we go on preaching from them for the next 1,000 years, there is enough stock.”
  • “I have given you instruction… It will never stop. At least for ten thousand years it will go on.”
  • “these books will do everything.”
  • I shall live from my books, and you will utilize.