[Originally posted 2005, updated 20 Nov 2008]
The Bhaktivedanta Book Trust
Prabhupada's original, unrevised books. Beware of imitations.
Since 1978, ISKCON and
Bhaktivedanta Book Trust International, Inc. have been publishing
revised editions of Srila Prabhupada's books, heavily edited by
disciples without his authorisation.
ISKCON and Bhaktivedanta
Book Trust International, Inc. are NOT the authentic Bhaktivedanta Book
Trust (BBT) founded by Srila Prabhupada for publishing his phenomenal
works. Srila Prabhupada's Bhaktivedanta Book Trust is a legal
trust and has no connection with ISKCON and the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust
International, Inc., a California corporation formed in 1988, 11 years
after Srila Prabhupada departed from this world.
Srila Prabhupada established the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust in 1972, and in 1974, appointed Hansadutta dasa BBT trustee for life with these words: "The temples may go,
the devotees may go, but my books will live forever."
Books are the Basis
The books of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta
Swami (Srila Prabhupada) are the most important contribution of
consciousness movement. Everything else is superfluous, a by-product
of these books. Even the temple and the Deity are secondary. Krishna
consciousness, or the spiritual revolution which Srila Prabhupada
envisioned, is based upon the publication and distribution of Vedic
Until people have these books in their homes, we cannot
expect a significant turn in their lives. The books will act where we
cannot. With the printing press, one man's effort can very easily
expand a millionfold.
Five thousand years ago, Vyasadeva, the author of the Srimad-Bhagavatam, foresaw the hellish
situation of this age in which we live. Therefore he recorded
the Srimad-Bhagavatam. Prior to Vyasadeva, the
Vedas existed only orally. Vedic knowledge was
handed down from spiritual master to disciple. In Lord Chaitanya's
time, when there was no printing press, the Srimad-Bhagavatam
was written by hand. It was considered a great gift to offer a
copy of Srimad-Bhagavatam to a
learned scholar, king or gentleman, because it was very difficult to
We have the facility to reproduce the Srimad-Bhagavatam by the millions with the printing press. Because we are not qualified scholars and are thus unable to translate Vedic literatures, it is obvious that our contribution to our spiritual master, or to the mission of Lord Chaitanya, is to publish what has been given to us by
our spiritual master, Srila Prabhupada, and to make a world-wide scheme
for advertising, promoting and selling these books to the public.
must be placed in the home of every
respectable person in the world. Just as we find the Oxford
Dictionary, Encylopaedia Britannica, Shakespeare collection or
any other important literary work in a respectable person's home, so
also the Srimad-Bhagavatam and all the other books
published by Srila Prabhupada must be placed in the homes of people all
over the world.
These books are the basis of a spiritual revolution.
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God comes from time to time. He appears, and
He exhibits Himself, and He speaks about Himself. That is
Scientists say, "This is a book. How do I know?" And yet the same scientist will put all his faith and give all attention to
archeological findings. He will study and try to determine what they
were doing five thousand years ago—"Here's a cup, here's a spoon, here
are some bones." We study books. They study bones. Which is more
helpful? The book. The scientist has become such a cheater that in order to
maintain his prestige, he will remark disparagingly, "What is this
book?" But he will study bones. How much can we know... if we want
to know about our grandfather, would we look at his bones? Or would we
look at his book or maybe read his letters? We may learn something
about our grandfather from our grandmother. Why should we look at
his bones? How much can we actually know? If we want to know Henry
Ford, should we study his automobile? Or would I study his book, if he left
one—or his diary? Or persons who were his associates and wrote down,
"Oh, he said this, he said that, then he did this...."
We have accepted books (shastras) as authority
for understanding. Two words: shastra and ashtra. Ashtra
means weapon, and shastra means instruction. Animals are
controlled by weapons, by force, and human beings are controlled by
instructions. So shastra means especially instructions given by
either God directly or by those who are His representatives, like the rishis, sages and yogis.
In this way, we have the descending process. Descending, coming from God, Krishna, then through the acharyas, or those who have received the teachings, practiced and realized, and they have in turn passed them on. This is called disciplic succession. The importance of the disciplic succession is that the conclusion and teaching of every teacher in the line will always be corroborated by those who precede him. There will not be any controversy, no discord. Just like your father teaches, "This is a watch," and you tell your son, "This is a watch." Your boy has nothing to experiment. He just hears from his father, "This is a
watch." Now, he may not know what is a watch, but if he goes to his
neighbor and says, "This is a watch," they say, "Good boy," and after
some time, because he repeats what you say, he comes to understand what
a watch is. "This is watch, this is a ring, these are beads, this is a book." He
doesn't know. The child only hears it and accepts you, because you act as his
authority. He accepts what you say, and he repeats it. After some time
of repeating, because the environment always confirms, then he
understands, "Oh, book is this. Beads are these." Like that.
GUEST: Yes. So what you are saying is that we should
start experiencing the books' knowledge, and then the environment
will confirm the truth of these teachings?
HANSADUTTA: Yes. Exactly. If you read Bhagavad-gita
and Srimad-Bhagavatam, I guarantee money back—double
money back guarantee—that after reading these books, you will become a
fully God-realized soul, and you will be capable
of convincing others and helping them to realize. I can make this
claim. So the qualifying clause is that you should read, and whatever
the instruction, you should follow that. Then you will realize. Just
like this machine or video machine... the manufacturer gives a
guarantee that if you use this machine like this, then you'll get this result. We guarantee, money back. But you have to follow the instructions. You
cannot whimsically. That is actually fact. If the person will follow
the advice and instructions, he will actually become fully realized,
just as a student in the science class learns that hydrogen and oxygen
combine to produce water. The professor gives the procedure: "Do it
like this." If the student follows the procedure, he will get the
Books by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami
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The following write-ups are
reprinted from Back To Godhead magazine, No. 40. At the
time of that publication, Srila Prabhupada's books numbered just around
12. He was just getting started. The literary legacy left by Srila
Prabhupada numbers some 160 published works, as can be seen in this more complete listing of Srila Prabhupada's books.
The complete library of Srila Prabhupada's books and teachings is available online at www.prabhupadabooks.com, where the reader can read by browsing through the collection or search for a topic or keywords, or save as and print for offline reading and research. The website is hosted by Madhudvisa das.
- KRSNA, The Supreme Personality of Godhead
The supremely rich, powerful, famous and beautiful Personality of
Godhead, who is free from all material attachment, is now available in
book form. KRSNA, The Supreme Personality of Godhead, 750
pages of transcendental reading matter, opulently illustrated with 82
full-color plates, presents the eternal, blissful pastimes of the
Supreme Lord Sri Krishna as they are revealed in the Tenth Canto of Srimad-Bhagavatam,
the ripened fruit of all the Sanskrit Vedic literatures.
- THE NECTAR OF DEVOTION Our loving
propensity expands just as a vibration of light or air expands, but we
do not know where it ends. The root cause of all despondency is that
our dormant loving propensity has not been fulfilled despite our great
advancement in the materialistic way of life. Our love can be fully
satisfied only when it is reposed in Krishna, and in this way it is
very easy to immediately and simultaneously love every living being.
This is the science of The Nectar of Devotion, which
teaches us how to stimulate our original love for Krishna and thus
enjoy our blissful life.
- TEACHINGS OF LORD CHAITANYA The conditioned
soul, being engrossed in the material body, increases the pages of the
history of material activity. The teachings of Lord Chaitanya, who is
the Supreme Lord Krishna Himself appearing in the role of His own
devotee, can help human society to stop such unnecessary and temporary
activities and can elevate one to the topmost platform of spiritual
activities, which begin after liberation from material bondage. Teachings
of Lord Chaitanya, the instructions of this most munificent
incarnation of th Supreme Lord, thus opens the field of activities of
the pure soul. Such liberated activities in Krishna consciousness are
the goal of human perfection.
- SRI ISOPANISAD The knowledge that brings
one nearer to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krishna. All the
major scriptures of the world indicate that Godhead, or the Absolute
Truth, is not impersonal, but is a person. From the most authoritative
sources, the famed 108 Upanishads of India, Sri
Ishopanishad supplies revealed evidence that the Personality of
Godhead is the creator, maintainer and destroyer of everything that
exists. The author's lucid commentaries reveal that the Supreme Lord is
"unembodied" and "formless," since His form is not a material form
which is subject to birth, disease, old age and death. In the present
age of discord, Sri Ishopanishad revives the dormant hope
of all living beings—to transcend this conditioned state and gain the
eternal, blissful association of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
- THE BHAGAVAD-GITA AS IT IS Now, for the
first time, this renowned scripture is being brought to the West as
it is—as taught by Krishna Himself and understood by His disciple
Arjuna—in a unique translation and commentary by His Divine Grace A.C.
Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Krishna is the Supreme Personality of
Godhead and the supreme authority on the Gita, and He
initially delivered the Gita so that all persons—workers,
students, philosophere, and yogis—could reach the perfection of
life and be liberated from all suffering. His Divine Grace A.C.
Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada is passing on Krishna's teaching in its
full potency, as it is, so that everyone can attain to his rightful
position, full of bliss and knowledge. From the Introduction: "The
perplexities of life appear like a forest fire which takes place
without being set by anyone. The man in material perplexities is he who
does not understand the problems of life. Out of many, many human
beings, the Bhagavad-gita is directed to the one who
seeks to understand his position."
Canto One—Creation The science of God is
greater than all other sciences, and this spiritual technology is
rationally and authoritatively explained in the 18,000 verses of Srimad-Bhagavatam,
India's sublime contribution of culture, philosopy, politics,
sociology, religion and love. His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami
Prabhupada has undertaken the mighty task of rendering this supremely
potent work into the English language along with Sanskrit
transliterations, word-for-word synonyms and elaborate English
purports. Thus in each verse one will find new enlightenment regarding
the Absolute Truth, the origin of all emanations. Srimad-Bhagavatam
is an important cultural presentation for the respiritualization of the
entire human society. The first of the twelve cantos of Srimad-Bhagavatam,
entitled "Creation" was written, edited, published and distributed in
India by His Divine Grace prior to his coming to the Western world.
- EASY JOURNEY TO OTHER PLANETS This book is
an authentic discussion on the techniques and practice of the yoga
system by which one can leave this body for travel to anti-material
planets where life is blissful, eternal and full of knowledge.
- KRSNA CONSCIOUSNESS: THE TOPMOST YOGA SYSTEM
This book presents the most authorized process of yoga practice
in God realization, without any deviation from the original Vedic
scriptural literature. In this present volume, the author forcefully
exposes the speculative systems which depart from love of God as the
ultimate goal of yoga.