“Hear and Repeat”

 

“Hear and repeat…otherwise how we shall know that he has understood the philosophy?”

Arrival Conversation—Los Angeles, June 20, 1975:

…all our men should write. Otherwise how we shall know that he has understood the philosophy? Writing means śravaṇaṁ kīrtanam. Śravaṇam means hearing from the authority and again repeat it. This is our business, śravaṇaṁ kīrtanam viṣṇoḥ [SB 7.5.23], about Viṣṇu, not for any politician or any other man. Śravaṇaṁ kīrtanaṁ viṣṇoḥ, about Kṛṣṇa or Viṣṇu. 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 Bhāgavata, you become a good speaker. What I am doing? I am the same thing, writing the same thing so that modern man can understand. Otherwise we are repeating the same thing.

 

“but they should all be on the basis of our books. You should not go beyond the jurisdiction of our teaching.”

Letter to Danavir—Bhuvaneśvara 26 January, 1977:

It is good to hold more classes with the bhaktas, but they should all be on the basis of our books. You should not go beyond the jurisdiction of our teaching. The idea of theater, based on Bhagavatam topics is also a very good way to introduce the philosophy to the people in general. Go on preaching with vigorous enthusiasm and increase your program for bringing new men to live in Krsna Consciousness.

 

“You must write just as you have heard from your Guru and nothing else. Otherwise, your writing is useless.”

Letter to Bhakta Dennis—Mayapur 8 April, 1975:

I think that the best thing for you is to study our books very carefully and then try to write something. Do not try to concoct your own theories. This is not the process. 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.”

Morning Walk: August 29, 1975, Vrndavana:

Prabhupāda: No, how he is preaching? Have you heard? No, you cannot understand in Hindi. Akṣayānanda: Hindi.

Prabhupāda: Anyone?

Dhanañjaya: We’ve been told he preaches nicely.

Prabhupāda: I have told him that “You simply read my books and reproduce it. That’s all. That will be preaching.”

Akṣayānanda: At least when he speaks to me in English, it’s always very nice.

Brahmānanda: He can memorize Prabhupāda’s books and then just speak it.

Prabhupāda: That is preaching. Our process is anuśṛṇuyāt. We hear from the superior and reproduce it. That is śravaṇaṁ-kīrtanam. Then perfect. If I add something, my own imagination, then it will spoil. No addition-alteration; as it is. As it is you hear from your spiritual master, reproduce. That’s all. Yāre dekha, tāre kaha ‘kṛṣṇa’-upadeśa [Cc. Madhya 7.128]. This ‘kṛṣṇa’-upadeśa is coming by paramparā, so you reproduce. That’s all. Even a child can reproduce what he has heard from his father. It is not at all difficult.

“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.”

Lecture, Śrī Brahma-saṁhitā, Verse 32 Excerpt—Los Angeles, August 14, 1972:

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 Krishna. 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. Sravanam kirtanam, writing or offering prayers, glories. This is one of the function of the Vaisnava. You are hearing, but you have to write also. Then write means smaranam, remembering what you have heard from your spiritual master, from the scripture. Sravanam kirtanam visnoh… about Vishnu, not for others. Don’t write any nonsense thing for any nonsense man. Useless waste of time. Vishnu. Write about Vishnu, Krishna. This is cultivation of Krishna consciousness. Hear, write, remember, try to understand. Don’t be dull, dull-headed. Very intelligent. Without being very intelligent, nobody can have full Krishna consciousness. It is for the most intelligent man. So that intelligence will come if you try to understand Krishna. We have got so many books. Always try to understand Krishna. Then you are liberated. Simply by… You cannot understand Krishna in full. He is unlimited; our knowledge is limited. But as far as you can, try to understand Krishna.

 

“We haven’t got to invent something by our fertile brain for preaching. Everything is there.”

Letter to Jagadisa dasa – Bombay 9 Novemeber, 1975:

So study my books and reproduce the purports in your own language. You should instruct your temple presidents to preach like this. This is preaching. We haven’t got to invent something by our fertile brain for preaching. Everything is there. One who is expert for presenting these things before the audience so they can conveniently understand, this is a successful preacher. You have only to speak what Krsna has said. Then you become a preacher.

 

“memorize the purports of my books and then speak them in your own words.”

Letter to Janajanmadhih dasa – Bombay 15 Novemeber, 1975:

So, if you are strong enough to preach Krsna consciousness there, that is very good; that as long as you chant your 16 rounds and follow the four regulative principles, then you will get the strength. The process is that you should memorize the purports of my books and then speak them in your own words. Do not adulterate or change anything. Then you will be the perfect preacher. You should also distribute our books as far as possible. If you do this sincerely, then you will be successful.

 

“My disciples should become all good preachers, and that depends on studying the books nicely so that you can arrive at the right conclusion.”

Letter to: Hrdayananda—Los Angeles 5 July, 1971

Yes, I am very pleased that you are inclined to read and study our books with such seriousness. Thank you very much. And your conclusion is very nice. So continue it whole-heartedly. We want good preachers also. Preaching shouldn’t depend on me only. My disciples should become all good preachers, and that depends on studying the books nicely so that you can arrive at the right conclusion. From your letter I can tell that you are doing very nicely in this regards and Krishna will help you in your endeavor more and more.

 

“they must present their assimilation in their own words”

Letter to Brahmananda — Los Angeles 1 July, 1969:

I beg to acknowledge receipt of your letter dated June 28, 1969, and I have noted the contents carefully. The circular you have sent to the presidents and members of ISKCON is very nicely drawn, and please follow the principles. 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?

 

“read from my books and try and explain the meaning in your own words”

Letter to Sudama — Calcutta 26 January, 1973:

Just read from my books and try and explain the meaning in your own words. It does not matter that you are not so expert at Sanskrit. You just try to realize the importance of Krsna consciousness and make your life cent per cent engaged in Krsna’s service—that is perfection.

 

“kindly continue to develop in this way and write more and more of your realizations based upon our books.”

Letter to Dasanudasa — Hrsikesa 13 May, 1977:

The two essays which you have sent are very nicely written. It appears that you have good talent for writing, so kindly continue to develop in this way and write more and more of your realizations based upon our books. There is no need to concoct anything new.You simply have to study carefully our books and then in your own words try to express what you have read. This will automatically make you a very successful preacher.

 

 

“study my books and reproduce the purports in your own language. You should instruct your temple presidents to preach like this.”

Letter to: Jagadisa — Bombay 9 November, 1975:

So study my books and reproduce the purports in your own language. You should instruct your temple presidents to preach like this. This is preaching. We haven’t got to invent something by our fertile brain for preaching. Everything is there. One who is expert for presenting these things before the audience so they can conveniently understand, this is a successful preacher. You have only to speak what Krsna has said. Then you become a preacher. I am also glad to learn that Sripati Prabhu is traveling with you. Keep him nicely.

 

“they (classes) should all be on the basis of our books”

Letter to Danavir written from Bhuvanesvara – January 26, 1977:

It is good to hold more classes with the bhaktas, but they should all be on the basis of our books. You should not go beyond the jurisdiction of our teaching. The idea of theater, based on Bhagavatam topics is also a very good way to introduce the philosophy to the people in general. Go on preaching with vigorous enthusiasm and increase your program for bringing new men to live in Krsna Consciousness.

 

“Our preaching must be based upon the subject matter from books and nothing outside of them.”

Letter to Prajapati — Los Angeles 16 June, 1972:

Regarding your questions, we should not take any stock of rumors which may come, that is not our process to act upon rumors. We hear from the authorized sources, and then our hearing is perfect. So you are the leader of big temple, you should know these things and avoid them, and instruct the other students there to stick to whatever is mentioned in our books and try to understand that subject matter from every angle of vision, without trying to adulterate by adding anything rumor. 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.”

Letter to Dasanudasa — Hrsikesa 13 May, 1977:

The two essays which you have sent are very nicely written. It appears that you have good talent for writing, so kindly continue to develop in this way and write more and more of your realizations based upon our books. There is no need to concoct anything new. You simply have to study carefully our books and then in your own words try to express what you have read. This will automatically make you a very successful preacher.

 

“read my books more carefully and present things as I have presented them.”

Letter to Gandharva — Bombay 18 March, 1975:

Any way, whatever your position may be simply follow the rules carefully, chant 16 rounds and read my books and you will be saved from Maya. Regarding your writing, it is a little off-time. I suggest that you 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.”

Letter to Acyutananda and Yasodanandana written from Bombay – November 21, 1975:

My dear Acyutananda Swami and Yasodanandana Swami,

Please accept my blessings. I am in due receipt of your letters dated November 16th and November 18th with all the enclosed clippings which I have read with interest. I am glad to see that your preaching programs are going on. I think Acyutananda Swami, he is a very good preacher. The process is simply to read the books and learn the purports and then speak to them in your own words.

One thing is, where is Gurukrpa Swami? I have not heard anything from him. I do not know where he is.

That you have been victorious in preaching to the big Mayavadis, that is the mercy of Krsna. Now the Western higher circles, they have admitted that the greatest contribution of the Hare Krsna Movement are these authorized translations of the Vedic literatures. This has been said by one professor.

 

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