“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.”
Srimad Bhagavatam 10.2 Purport:
One can achieve the seed of bhakti-latā, devotional service, by the mercy of guru and Kṛṣṇa. The duty of the guru is to find the means, according to the time, the circumstances and the candidate, by which one can be induced to render devotional service, which Kṛṣṇa accepts from a candidate who wants to be successful in going back home, back to Godhead. After wandering throughout the universe, a fortunate person within this material world seeks shelter of such a guru, or ācārya, who trains the devotee in the suitable ways to render service according to the circumstances so that the Supreme Personality of Godhead will accept the service. This makes it easier for the candidate to reach the ultimate destination. The ācārya’s duty, therefore, is to find the means by which devotees may render service according to references from śāstra. Rūpa Gosvāmī, for example, in order to help subsequent devotees, published such devotional books as Bhakti-rasāmṛta-sindhu. Thus 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. Thus the devotees have been advised to refrain from four sinful activities—illicit sex, intoxication, meat-eating and gambling—and to chant sixteen rounds a day. These are bona fide instructions.
“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.”
Morning Walk — June 28, 1975, Denver: Prabhupāda:
So it is a civilization of dog race. The man does not know, “By riding on a car, racing, is there any value if I do not know what is the meaning of my life?” Hmm? So this is going on. Big, big road for dog racing—that is civilization. [break] The rascal yogis, they say that “By this transcendental meditation you will keep your dog race very nice.” They are attracted, “Oh, very nice. It is very nice.” That’s all. Mūḍhā nābhijānāti mām ebhyaḥ param avyayam. All mū…, rascals. Only hope is that you distribute books, as much as possible, whole Europe, whole America. If they come to some day, they will realize what is this value. [break] …day 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.”
Conversation with Yogi Amrit Desai of Kripalu Ashram (PA USA) — January 2, 1977, Bombay:
Prabhupāda: On the whole the whole human civilization is…, and all the directors, they are not giving chance to know the value of life and how to conduct life. It is the first time, that we are giving the real idea of life. Otherwise whole world is in darkness. Na te viduḥ svārtha-gatim. They do not know what is the end of life. Adānta… Matir na kṛṣṇe parataḥ svato vā. Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, Vyāsadeva’s real contribution… Ajānataḥ, lokasyājānato vidvāṁś cakre sātvata-saṁhitām [SB 1.7.6]. He has given the right direction. And they are not taking advantage of it. 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.”
Letter to Ajita — Honolulu 11 May, 1976:
Concerning renaming your temple, if I have already given a name previously, then what is the need to re-name it. Now I can see that there is good preaching potential everywhere in your country as you mention the good response at the universities. Push on with these preaching activities and distribute my books profusely. They will someday realize how valuable books we have left them.
“So kindly help me. This is my request.”
Arrival address, Los Angeles, June 20, 1975:
So kindly help me. This is my request. Print as many books in as many languages and distribute throughout the whole world. Then the Krishna consciousness movement will automatically increase.
“I have given you all the guidance and hints and it is described in all my books.”
Letter to Mukunda — Hong Kong 1 February, 1974:
I share your confidence that if done rightly, we can attract many persons, to visit the Manor and take prasadam and chant Hare Krsna. That will be a great victory, and if they can take our books and hear the philosophy then we can make devotees out of them. This great responsibility is in your charge. I have given you all the guidance and hints and it is described in all my books. Now it is up to you. Please keep our principles firmly and everything will come out successful.
“I have given my ideas and direction in my books.”
Morning Conversation: April 29, 1977, Bombay:
Now you GBC, young boys, all, American, expert, you have got all intelligence, resources, so don’t spoil. Let the movements go forward more and more. Now you have got nice places, filled with devotees. Don’t be anxious for me. That, Kṛṣṇa will take. And even if I go, where is the harm? Old man. I have given my ideas and direction in my books. People appreciate. I think from my side I have done everything. Is it not? Do you think or not?
Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: Yes, you have done everything.
Prabhupāda: Hm? So you are young men, American boys.
Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: Still, we want the whole Bhāgavatam, Śrīla Prabhupāda.
Prabhupāda: That will be done. Even it is not fulfilled, so there is no harm. But don’t send me, in any case, in hospital. Now I am pointing out this. They are useless.
“if there is any difficulty you may consult my books”
Letter to Hamsaduta — Madras 14 February, 1972:
So I want that you all GBC men work cooperatively to manage things now, along with the other officers, and it is better if devotees can address their questions to you, and because I have now given you everything you are able to answer all such questions from what you know, and if there is any difficulty you may consult my books, or you may write me if necessary.
“if they cannot answer from their experience, then I have given answer in my books.”
Letter to Kirtika — Calcutta 16 February, 1972:
It is a very important question, and I am glad that you have asked me, but I think from now on the GBC men may be consulted in all such matters of temple management and affairs. I have given them everything, so they shall be able to answer all questions, and if they cannot answer from their experience, then I have given answer in my books—and still if they cannot answer, they may ask me.
We can understand all of your instructions simply by reading your books.
Morning Walk — February 3, 1975, Hawaii:
Devotee (1): We can understand all of your instructions simply by reading your books.
Prabhupāda: Yes. Anyway, follow the instruction. That is required. Follow the instruction. Wherever you remain, it doesn’t matter. You are secure. Follow the instruction. Then you are secure anywhere. It doesn’t matter. Just like I told you that I saw my Guru Mahārāja not more than ten days in my life, but I followed his instruction. I was a gṛhastha, I never lived with the Maṭha, in the temple. It is practical. So many Godbrothers recommended that “He should be in charge in this Bombay temple, this, that, that…” Guru Mahārāja said, “Yes, better he lives outside. That is good, and he will do what is needed in due course of time.”
“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.”
Room Conversation: June 26, 1975, Los Angeles:
Prabhupāda: So whatever I know I have explained in my books. Beyond that I have no knowledge. Devotee (2): If that is the case, Śrīla Prabhupāda, that does not diminish our respect for you in the least because we have always held… Prabhupāda: So what can I do? I say that whatever I have got experience, I am explaining in my books. I have explained. So it is not possible for me to answer every individual person. It is not possible. Devotee (2): We respect that. We understand. It is just that because they are saying these things… Prabhupāda: I have got my advanced students. They can answer. If they are unable, answer, 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.”
Arrival Speech: May 17, 1977, Vrndavana:
So I cannot speak. I am feeling very weak. I was to go to other places like Chandigarh program, but I cancelled the program because the condition of my health is very deteriorating. So I preferred to come to Vṛndāvana. If death takes place, let it take here. So there is nothing to be said new. 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. As Kṛṣṇa is living eternally, similarly, living being also lives eternally. But kīrtir yasya sa jīvati: “One who has done service to the Lord lives forever.” So you have been taught to serve Kṛṣṇa, and with Kṛṣṇa we’ll live eternally. Our life is eternal. Na hanyate hanyamāne śarīre [Bg. 2.20]. A temporary disappearance of this body, it doesn’t matter. Body is meant for disappearance. Tathā dehāntara-prāptiḥ [Bg. 2.13]. So live forever by serving Kṛṣṇa. Thank you very much.
“I will always be with you through my books and orders.”
Back To Godhead 13:1-2, December 1977:
If I depart there is no cause for lamentation. I will always be with you through my books and orders. I will always remain with you in that way.
“The brainwash books are already there. Even if they stop externally, internally it will go on.”
Letter — Vrindaban 30 October, 1976:
They are now feeling the weight of this movement. Formerly they thought these people come and go, but now they see we are staying. Now we have set fire. It will go on, it cannot be stopped. You can bring big, big fire brigades but the fire will act. The brainwash books are already there. Even if they stop externally, internally it will go on. Our first class campaign is book distribution. Go house to house. The real fighting is now. Krsna will give you all protection. So, chant Hare Krsna and fight.
“if there are no more temples, then the books shall remain.”
Letter to Hamsaduta — New Delhi 8 November, 1973:
Books will always remain. That was the view of my Guru Maharaja, and I also have taken it. Therefore I started my movement with my books. And we shall be able to maintain everything with the sales of the books. The temples will be maintained by the book sales, and 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.”
Letter to Satsvarupa — Los Angeles 16 June, 1972:
My first business is to give the devotees the proper knowledge and engage them in devotional service, so that is not very difficult task for you, I have given you everything, so read and speak from the books and so many new lights will come out. We have got so many books, so if we go on preaching from them for the next 1,000 years, there is enough stock. Just like we have spent one day discussing one sloka, so you introduce this system in all of the temples, and very quickly the devotees will make spiritual progress by getting knowledge.
“I have given you instruction… It will never stop. At least for ten thousand years it will go on.”
Car conversation – New Vrindavan – June 21, 1976:
Still they have made some impression, the Hare Kṛṣṇa movement. Literatures are selling, they are appreciating, learned circle. Takes some time, but if we stick to our principles and do not make any compromise and push on-in this way, I have given you instruction, it will never stop; it will go on. It will never stop. At least for ten thousand years it will go on.
“these books will do everything.”
Room conversation, 18/2/76:
After 80 years, no one can be expected to live long. My life is almost ended. So you have to carry on, and these books will do everything.
I shall live from my books, and you will utilize.
Press Conference: July 16, 1975, San Franscisco:
Reporter (2): What will happen to the movement in the United States when you die?
Prabhupāda: I will never die.
Devotees: Jaya! Hari bol! (laughter)
Prabhupāda: I shall live for my books, and you will utilize.