The material life is a difficult journey. Everywhere you look there is pain, suffering, torture, frustration and even if there is some kind of happiness, it is temporary just like a bubble of water. Fear,worries,strained relationships, diseased body, suicides, murders, rapes, thefts,terrorism, war define the current world. All these happen because we add fuel of materialistic desires to the fire of false ego. If not checked, it will burn us completely in misery and death and once again we will fall into the trap of vicious cycle of birth and death, which we have been doing life after life.
Whenever the earth is overloaded with such pain and sinful activities take a toll, the Supreme Personality of Godhead descends to this material world to deliver the pious and to annihilate the miscreants as well as to setup religious principles. As Krsna says in BG 4.7-8
“yada yada hi dharmasya glanir bhavati bharata
abhyutthanam adharmasya tadatmanam srjamy aham
paritranaya sadhunam vinasaya ca duskrtam
dharma-samsthapanarthaya sambhavami yuge yuge."
“Whenever and wherever there is a decline in religious practice, O descendant of Bharata, and a predominant rise of irreligion--at that time I descend Myself.
In order to deliver the pious and to annihilate the miscreants, as well as to reestablish the principles of religion, I advent Myself millennium after millennium.”
Knowing that in the Kaliyuga, mankind will degrade in every respect – personal, social,religious and it would become next to impossible to return back to Godhead, the ever merciful and compassionate Supreme Personality of Godhead descended in the form of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu to demonstrate the qualities of a pure unalloyed devotee and teach how to be one.He made it easy for people to progress on the path of devotion by granting them the boon of Mahamantra which will ultimately lead them back to Godhead without the need of going through any yogic austerities.
Chaitanya Mahaprabhu had a vision that the Krsna Sankirtan movement would one day spread to every city,town and village. Therefore, all the Gurus in his disciplic succession always tried to spread the Krsna Sankirtan movement as much as possible. Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati, who also comes in the disciplic succession of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and is the Guru Maharaj of Srila Prabhuapada, after being impressed by his good English preaching ability told him to preach about Krsna Sankirtan movement throughout the world.
“I have every hope that you can turn yourself into a very good English preacher if
you serve the mission to inculcate the novel impression of Lord Chaitanya's
teachings to the people in general as well as philosophers and religionists.”
--- Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati
(Letter to Srila Prabhupada)
Therefore to fulfill the prophecy of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, Srila Prabhupada devoted his life in writing books in English to spread the knowledge of going back to Godhead worldover. As people except from India didn’t have the access to the spiritual jewels such as Bhagavad Gita, Srimad Bhagavatam, Chaitanya Charitramrta etc. which contains the message of Godhead, he translated those jewels in English exactly as the message was received through the disciplic succession, so that people all over the world who consider English as an universal language are able to receive the message of Godhead. He also wrote many other books to spread the message of Krsna Sankirtan movement and knowledge about the Path of Devotion.He always stressed on Book Distribution because he knew even a single book with the message of going back to Godhead can save a life.
Whoever you are and wherever you are, if you are reading this article, you are most probably aware of the Krsna Sankirtan movement. You are lucky that your life has been saved because you know the path now that leads back to Godhead and I am sure the reason you came to know of it is somehow the message of Srila Prabhupada. The message is present in all of his books.If the message saved your life, it can save some other person’s life too. But the message should reach those people who are not aware of the path leading back to Godhead and wandering in darkness, and the way to spread the message is through book distribution. So please distribute books as much as you can. Even a single book can save a soul from the trap of material entanglement and send him back to Krsna.
By doing this, you will become more and more dearer to Krsna as :
Krsna says in BG 18.68-69
"ya idam paramam guhyam mad-bhaktesv abhidhasyati
bhaktim mayi param krtva mam evaisyaty asamsayah
na ca tasman manusyesu kascin me priya-krttamah
bhavita na ca me tasmad anyah priyataro bhuvi."
“For one who explains the supreme secret to the devotees, devotional service is guaranteed, and at the end he will come back to Me.
There is no servant in this world more dear to Me than he, nor will there ever be one more dear.”
“The more you increase the number of devotees, the more you become very much recognized by Kṛṣṇa. It is Kṛṣṇa's business. Kṛṣṇa personally comes as He is, Kṛṣṇa, to spread this bhakti cult.”
--- Srila Prabhupada
“PARAM VIJAYATE SRI KRSNA SANKIRTANAM”
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