Newsletter: Why Hear About Kṛṣṇa

Recently I was reading the introduction to Kṛṣṇa Book. Śrīla Prabhupāda gives such clear reasons why everyone should hear about Kṛṣṇa’s pastimes. Those are also the reasons I originally took it upon myself to write. And I thought that for this newsletter I would extract the essence of Śrīla Prabhupāda’s reasoning. It’s brilliant.

“Kṛṣṇa actually appears in order to demonstrate His Vṛndāvan pastimes and in this way attract the fortunate conditioned souls and invite them back home, back to Godhead….The subject matter of this book will gradually reveal all these activities…

“…There are three classes of men in this world. One class consists of liberated souls, another consists of those who are trying to be liberated, and the third consists of materialistic men. Whether one is liberated or is trying to be liberated, or is even grossly materialistic, the pastimes of Lord Kṛṣṇa are worth studying…It is essential for persons who are actually liberated to hear about the pastimes of Kṛṣṇa. That is the supreme relishable subject matter for one in the liberated state…Also, if persons who are trying to be liberated hear such narrations as the Bhagavad-gītā and Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, then their path of liberation becomes very clear…

“…This kṛṣṇa-kathā will also be very much appealing to the most materialistic persons because Kṛṣṇa’s pastimes with the gopis (cowherd girls) are exactly like the loving affairs between young girls and boys within this material world….Therefore, when those who are after sex life in this material world hear about Kṛṣṇa’s pastimes with the gopīs, they will relish transcendental pleasure, although it appears to be materialistic. The advantage will be that they will gradually be elevated to the spiritual platform…

“…This Kṛṣṇa Book, which is filled with kṛṣṇa-kathā, will thus appeal equally to the liberated souls and to persons who are trying to be liberated, as well as to the gross, conditioned materialist…

“…But Mahārāja Parīkṣit also warned that persons who are simply engaged in killing animals and in killing themselves may not be very much attracted to kṛṣṇa-kathā….This means persons who are animal-eaters (even dog-eaters), for they are all engaged in killing animals in so many ways, such as hunting and opening slaughterhouses. Such persons cannot be interested in kṛṣṇa-kathā …

“…It is the order of Lord Caitanya that kṛṣṇa-kathā should be spread all over the world, because if the conditioned souls, suffering under the pangs of material existence, take to kṛṣṇa-kathā, then their path of liberation will be open and clear…The purpose of presenting this book is primarily to induce people to understand Kṛṣṇa or kṛṣṇa-kathā, because thereby they can become freed from material bondage…

“…Mahārāja Parīkṣit was especially intent on the subject matter because he was expecting death at any moment. Every one of us should be conscious of death at every moment…So before death takes place, we must be fully Kṛṣṇa conscious.”

Śrīla Prabhupāda kī jaya…