On the advent of Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura

“Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura Prabhupada immediately took up the land. He continued that ‘There is no need of establishing many temples. Better we publish some books.’ He said like that.

“He said that ‘We started our this Gaudiya Matha in Ultadanga. The rent was very small, and if we could gather two to two-hundred-fifty rupees, it was very nice, going on. But since this J. V. Datta has given us this stone, marble stone thakurbari, our competition between the disciples has increased. So I don’t like any more. Rather, I would prefer to take out the marble stone and sell it and publish some books.’

“So I took that point, and he also especially advised me, ‘If you get money, you try to publish books.’ So by his blessing it has become very successful by your cooperation. Now our books are being sold all over the world, and it is very satisfactory sale. So on this particular day of Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura’s advent, try to remember his words. That he wanted many books should be published about our philosophy, and it should be given to the English-knowing public especially, because English language is now world language. We are touring all over the world. Anywhere we speak English, it is understood, except in some places.

“So on this day, particularly on the advent of Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura, I especially request my disciples who are cooperating with me that you try to publish books as many as possible and distribute throughout the whole world. That will satisfy Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu as well as Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura.

From a lecture on Feb 20, 1976, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura’s Vyasa-puja

As featured in “A Transcendental Diary” by Hari-sauri Prabhu

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