SO SPIRITUAL MASTER
TRAINS WITH THESES BOOKS
Prabhupada: No, if you are aware of that thoroughly, then there is no question of ignorance.
Ali: But I feel the presence of the spirit is there.
Prabhupada: Yes, that everyone knows the distinction.
Ali: But, uh, the relativity...
Prabhupada: Yes, so that requires the training and guidance of spiritual master. Therefore called spiritual master. You have to... Just like if you want to be an engineer, you must be trained under some engineer. Similarly, if you want to be trained up spiritually, then you must accept a spiritual master. Tad vijnanartham sa gurum evabhigacchet: must, otherwise not possible. Training. So spiritual master trains with these books, and explanation, practical demonstration. In this way the student makes progress spiritually.
[Srila Prabhupada Evening Darsana August 9, 1976, Tehran]
Note: So if we want to be trained up spiritually, then we must accept Srila Prabhupada as our spiritual master, we must, otherwise not possible. Srila Prabhupada can train us like no one else from his transcendental books, in which he gives us complete explanation and practical demonstration as the living Bhagavata.
But in the beginning, if you follow these principles, as laid down by Srila Rupa Gosvami and other acaryas...
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, "Prabhupada, 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.
(Nectar of Devotion Lecture Los Angeles, June 23, 1970)
Note: So everything is explained very clearly in Srila Prabhupada's books. If there is anything we cannot understand we should carefully read them repeatedly and the answers will automatically come. There is no need to take shelter of a false guru within apa-Iskcon or the apa-Gaudiya Matha. Srila Prabhupada is living in sound and can answer all our questions. He reasons ill who tells that Vaisnavas die when thou art living still in sound. The Vaisnavas die to live and living try to spread the holy name around. (Bhaktivinode Thakur.)
If the devotees would have followed this and numerous other early instructions in regards to reading Srila Prabhupada's books they wouldn't have been cheated and surrendered themselves blindly to envious persons in the dress of a Vaisnava. All the answers to their questions would have come and they would have never given their God sent children to these demons to abuse.
"Yes. Read the books, yes. Why I'm working so hard? Read the books."
Prajapati: In the Bhagavad-gita it is indicated by Sri Krsna that when we approach a bona fide spiritual master our relationship is twofold. We render service and then we also make inquiry.
Prajapati: 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.
Prabhupada: Yes. Read the books, yes. Why I'm working so hard? Read the books.
(S.P. Morning Walk January 5, 1974, Los Angeles)
Note: Srila Prabhupada worked so hard to answer all the questions that his disciples would have for the next 10,000 years. Just see how the rascals who are changing his books are trying to break this intimate relationship, between His Divine Grace and his loving servants.
The same thing that Srila Prabhupada said "And as soon as he learns the Guru Maharaja is dead, "Now I am so advanced that I can kill my guru (change his books so you can't approach him) and I become guru." (write my own bogus books) Then he's finished. (Yes no one takes shelter of the real Guru Srila Prabhupada but reads books by the blind mayavadi's and falls into hell)
"Actually I have already answered all questions in my books"
If you have further questions you may write me or consult with the devotees in the temple. Actually I have already answered all questions in my books such as Bhagavad-gita, so kindly read them and chant Hare Krishna Mantra.
(S.P. Letter to: Brian Fleming, 6 March, 1974)
If you read all our books, Bhagavad- gita, Srimad-Bhagavatam, and others, you will get all the answers to your questions. Still I shall be very glad to answer besides that.
(S.P. Letter to: Alfred Ford Los Angeles 16 July, 1974)
In conjunction with this you should always read my books daily and all your questions will be answered and you will have a firm basis of Krishna Consciousness. In this way your life will be perfect.
(S.P. Letter to: Hugo Salemon Bombay 22 November, 1974)
Every one of you must regularly read our books at least twice--in the morning and evening, and automatically all questions will be answered.
(S.P. Letter to: Ranadhira Los Angele 24 January, 1970)
So utilize whatever time you find to make a thorough study of my books. Then all your questions will be answered.
(S.P. Letter to: Upendra Nellore 7 January, 1976)
When you study very carefully all of the literature which is available, especially Bhagavad-gita As It Is, you will have in your grasp answers to all questions that may be put to you. Please encourage the others to read this Bhagavad-gita at least one chapter every day.
(S.P.Letter to: Upendra Los Angeles 6 January, 1969)
So if you can satisfy them intellectually and answer all their questions, that will be your success. All the answers are there in Srimad-Bhagavatam, Bhagavad-gita As It Is, and Teachings of Lord Caitanya. You will simply have to study these books to find out the answers.
(S. P. Letter to: Bali-mardana, Sudama Tittenhurst 3 October, 1969)
If one simply regularly chants and follows the rules and regulative principles all questions of philosophy will be answered by Krsna from within and all doubt will be cleared also in this way. And the same answers are there again in our books like Bhagavad-gita As It Is, Srimad-Bhagavatam, etc. So please see that all the initiated devotees stick rigidly to their daily chanting and regulative living in devotional service. This is most important.
(S.P. Letter to: Madhudvisa Los Angeles 14 February, 1970)
I am very glad to know that you are reading our literatures and you are very thoughtful about them. I am always happy to answer your questions, but you should practice to get the answers from your husband and try to find them out by reading further in our books. All questions will be clarified if you simply read our books very thoroughly and follow the simple process of devotional service as we have given it to chant regularly and rigidly observe the rules and regulations.
(S.P. Letter to: Ekayani Los Angeles 25 July, 1970)
Regarding your other question, you should not read such nonsense books, nor allow your mind to dwell on such subject matter. Instead utilize your time for advancing in Krishna consciousness by reading our books. We have got sufficient stock, and if you simply go on reading them, chanting regularly 16 rounds, engaging yourself 24 hours in Krishna's business, then all of your questions will be answered automatically, because Krishna promises to His sincere devotee that He will give him the intelligence to understand Him.
(S.P. Letter to: Dasarha, Bombay 4 March, 1972)
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.
(SPL to Bahuru-pa dasa, 22nd November, 1974)
"these books will do everything"
After 80 years, no one can expect to live long. My life is almost ended. So you have to carry on, and these books will do everything.
[S.P. Room conversation, 18th February 1976]