“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.”
Letter to Bahurupa — Bombay 22 November, 1974:
I am pleased to hear that you are chanting 16 rounds daily and reading my books regularly and following the four rules. 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. By reading daily the knowledge will be revealed to you and by this process your spiritual life will develop. Krishna Consciousness is not a hackneyed thing but it is something which is our natural and original consciousness. Presently our consciousness is clouded just like a mirror becomes covered with dust So the cleansing process is this chanting and hearing and doing some service and trying to please the Spiritual Master. By this process our consciousness becomes clear and we are able to understand everything.
Questions that may arise when not present: “the questions… Answers are there in my books.”
Morning Walk: May 13, 1973, Los Angeles:
Paramahaṁsa: Śrīla Prabhupāda, when you are not present with us, how is it possible to receive instructions, for example, on questions that may arise?
Prabhupāda: Well, the questions… Answers are there in my books.
Paramahaṁsa: Other than that, for example, that we would ask you in…
Paramahaṁsa: Do you direct us also through the heart? Besides the Paramātmā?
Prabhupāda: If your heart is pure. Everything depends on purity.
“if you cannot understand, read it repeatedly…the answers will automatically come.”
Lecture on The Nectar of Devotion — Los Angeles, June 23, 1970:
So these things, one after another, everything is very clearly explained in this Nectar of Devotion. So each chapter you should read very carefully. And if you cannot understand, read it repeatedly. Don’t all of a sudden, reading one or two page, immediately question, “Prabhupāda, what is this? What is this? What is this?” Go on reading, and the answers will automatically come. So this book is, this valuable book is now published. You should take full advantage.
“The whole substance of Vaiṣṇava philosophy and activities, everything is there.”
The Nectar of Devotion — Los Angeles, June 23, 1970:
Hare Kṛṣṇa. So we have published our Nectar of Devotion. So every one of you should read this Nectar of Devotion repeatedly. The whole substance of Vaiṣṇava philosophy and activities, everything is there. So every one of you read this Nectar of Devotion once, twice, thrice.
“all conclusive statements in the Kingdom of Bhakti”
Letter to Advaita — Los Angeles 18 June, 1970:
All of you in the press are doing so hard work. I can simply pray to Krsna for your perfect advancement in Krsna consciousness. One thing I must inform you in this connection that so far our activities in Krsna Consciousness are concerned, everyone of us should read this book very attentively because all conclusive statements in the Kingdom of Bhakti are contained in this transcendental valuable book. It is the essence of all Vedic scriptures enlightening about Krsna Consciousness. If anyone will read this Nectar of Devotion very carefully, he will have all guidance in Bhakti cult. So in the temple class some portions of this book must be regularly discussed.
“All these books should be regularly read. That will give you guidance. You haven’t got to ask repeatedly to me; everything is there.”
Room Conversation — April 2, 1972, Sydney:
Śyāmasundara: It’s so clear, this book.
Prabhupāda: You read regularly, Nectar of Devotion, regularly. All these books should be regularly read. That will give you guidance. You haven’t got to ask repeatedly to me; everything is there. You are selling Nectar of Devotion?
Devotee (2): We’re waiting for our next shipment from Japan. Then we’ll begin.
Prabhupāda: These four books will give you all guidance-Kṛṣṇa, Nectar of Devotion, Bhagavad-gītā As It Is, and… What is that?
Devotee (2): Teachings of Lord Caitanya.
Prabhupāda: All guidance. Rādhā-kṛṣṇa bolo bolo bolo re sobāi.
“Why I’m working so hard? Read the books.”
Morning Walk — January 5, 1974, Los Angeles:
Prajāpati: Now, you have answered all our inquiries so thoroughly in our books that to make inquiry at this point seems like…, you’ve already answered all the questions. So how may we… What is the proper relationship at that point to make inquiry?
Devotee (4): Read the books.
Prabhupāda: Yes. Read the books, yes. Why I’m working so hard? Read the books.
“We have presented the complete philosophy of Krsna Consciousness in our books”
Letter to Jayapataka — February 13, 1970:
Now we want some men who understand all the purports of the Shastras so that they will be able to face any questionnaires put to them especially ………. This is a very important business, and I want all of my disciples to be thoroughly versed in this way. Our first business to every initiated devotee is to chant daily sixteen round of beads without fail, and to follow the regulative principles rigidly, and our literatures must be studied with great attention. We have presented the complete philosophy of Krsna Consciousness in our books Bhagavad Gita as it is, Srimad Bhagawatam, Teachings of Lord, Chaitanya, Krsna, and others being printed, so the classes and personal study should be undertaken penetratingly. Please see that all the devotees are following these principles; this program is the essential basis of our spiritual advancement. If chanting and following of the regulation is done sincerely, without offense, all questions and doubtful points of philosophy will be cleared up by realization of Krsna from within the heart of the devotee.
“The original potency of the sastra remains in these books”
Letter to Miss Nedungadi — Bombay 19 March, 1975:
I am so much grateful that you have enjoyed studying my books. Many young intelligent persons such as yourself are studying these books in the colleges and universities all over the world. Actually anyone who tries to understand these books will become a great realized devotee of Lord Krishna gradually. The original potency of the sastra remains in these books because I have not added or opinionated anything of my own. I have simply presented the scriptures such as Bhagavad-gita and Srimad-Bhagavatam as they are. Therefore just see the effect they have on the world. At present, we have about 100 centers worldwide and about 10,000 fully dedicated students in those centers.
the essence of all the previous acaryas’ books
Morning Walk, May 13, 1975, Perth, Australia:
Devotee: First of all we must read all your books.
Srila Prabhupada: Yes.
Devotee: Practically speaking, Srila Prabhupada, you are giving us the essence of all the previous acaryas’ books in your books.
Srila Prabhupada: Yes. Yes.
“Whatever is to be learned of the teachings of Srila Bhaktivinode Thakura can be learned from our books.”
Letter to: Gurukrpa , Yasodanandana—Los Angeles 25 December, 1973:
Whatever is to be learned of the teachings of Srila Bhaktivinode Thakura can be learned from our books. There is no need whatsoever for any outside instruction.
“Read only one book if that was all that I had written.”
Letter to Sukadeva—New Delhi – 14 November, 1973:
You say that you would read only one book if that was all that I had written, so you teach others to do like that. You have very good determination.
“all of the contents of these books become revealed from within.”
Letter to Hamsaduta — Los Angeles 12 January, 1968:
Regarding the examination, you are already a passed student so don’t be afraid of it. When the examination will be held, you will find the questions so easy that within a few minutes you shall be able to answer them all. I wish to introduce this examination system so that in the future our students may not remained unconcerned with these books we are publishing. These books are not material knowledge. To a sincere student, all of the contents of these books become revealed from within, even if he has not thoroughly studied them all.
“an immense treasure of knowledge in art, science, literature, philosophy and religion will be revealed”
Krsna Book Preface:
Hundreds of thousands of examples can be cited of people who have escaped the greatest dangers of life due to a slight advancement in Kṛṣṇa consciousness. We therefore request everyone to take advantage of this great transcendental literary work. One will find that by reading one page after another, an immense treasure of knowledge in art, science, literature, philosophy and religion will be revealed, and ultimately, by reading this one book, Kṛṣṇa, love of Godhead will fructify.
“full of the different aspects of this deep philosophy of Krishna Consciousness”
Letter to Mr. Gold written from Bombay – January 16, 1975:
I am so glad to see that you are so much absorbed in our philosophy and comparing it to other philosophies. I have written many books already which are full of the different aspects of this deep philosophy of Krishna Consciousness. I request you to study them carefully and you will find a treasure house of scientific information in relation to the ultimate goal of life and conquering the major problems of life, birth, death, old age, and disease.
“outlines of thought are already there…They are so full of meaning. Provided you can express the meanings.”
Room Conversation — August 12, 1972, London:
Enough ingredients to preach. Simply one has to become intelligent how to express. The, what is called, outlines of thought are already there. You read one line, you can speak half an hour. They are so full of meaning. Provided you can express the meanings.
“Everything is there. Read it”
Lecture on SB 5.5.5 — London, September 3, 1971:
Find out this verse. Seventh Chapter. Mama māyā duratyayā. So read books profusely, and learn the problems of life and the solution of life. Everything is there. Read it.