Srila Prabhupada said “whatever little success we have had in our Movement is because of our books.” In order to appeal to the minds of the people in the coming age, Srila Vyasadeva thought it wise to have what he had to say committed to writing. Srila Prabhupada had said: “Writing is the real business.”and one other.
We Connect With the Goswamis Primarily Through Their Writings
Of the three things Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu instructed Srila Rupa Gosvami and Srila Sanatana Gosvami to do, namely, to go to Vrndavana and excavate the pastimes of Lord Krsna there, to form a band of devotees and train them up in the science of devotional service and lastly, to write Krsna conscious literature for the whole of mankind, this latter instruction seems the most important, because we, today, remember Srila Rupa Gosvami and Srila Santana Gosvami for so many things, but most of all for their wonderful transcendental writings that have spread all over the world, together with the writings of the other Gosvamis of Vrnadavana. It is their writings and through their writings that we remember them the most.
Vaishnavas Live Eternally in Their Vani
Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura says that “He reasons ill that says Vaisnavas die, when still in sound they try to spread the Holy Name around.” This “still in sound” is their vani, and that, for all practical purposes, means “by their writings”. All other forms of media may dwindle and die, but their writings will live on, though audios and videos may also live for a very long time in this age of the internet and beyond. This has been proven by Srila Vyasadeva many thousands of years ago and by all our acaryas coming down in parampara down to the present time. And when you are sitting under a tree in the shade of the hot sun, the most wonderful thing you can possibly do for posterity is simply to write. This is the Six Gosvamis of Vrndavana. This was their actual life and sharing what they had written with others. Nothing much else, it seems, stands up to scrutiny. Our vani over our vapu is well understood.
The faintest writing is more powerful than the most powerful memory
So, of all the many activities that we may perform in Krsna consciousness, the one that will last the longest is our writing. ” The faintest writing is more powerful than the most powerful memory.” Indeed, if we have the slightest notion of conquering the world and so on and so forth, the one thing that will go before us is our writing: “the organ of our Movement” as Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura so aptly said, and the one thing that Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura trained his son up in, so well.
Books are the family business of our Gaudiyas.
The second quote that I had, incidentally, on Srila Prabhupada about writing was,”It is the business of every devotee to see how he is understanding the philosophy of Krsna consciousness by trying to put something into writing”. Paraphrased. There will be many wonderful realisations that devotees will have when they write and we would like to encourage everyone to put pen to paper and commit to writing even a little bit each day for there to be a real change of heart in the world.
If Srila Vrindavana dasa Thakura had not written Chaitanya Bhagavata because Nityananda forcibly ordered him to and instead gone to Puri to see Gauranga face to face, we would have no idea at all of how we could quickly attain offenseless Hare Krishna Siddhi in this very life itself through the well-concealed secret of Nityananda Bhakti. We would have remained ignorant fools forever committing offenses for many trillions of lives more. And that is a doomsday future we have been saved from.
How and Where to Write
And this why we have made these two Telegram Groups t.me/HareKrishnaBhaktas and t.me/NityanandaBhaktas where devotees can write freely and share their realizations and discuss shastra and we will publish it in in our all-in-one free epub ebook and website for the future generations. So these two Telegram groups of ours are for COLLECTIVELY CREATIVING NEW TRANSCENDENTAL RARE VANI for a long time to come in the future. So even if you copy and paste something from Shastra, please add your own realizations about it. That would solidify your own understanding of the Shastra and of others who read it too.
Based on an article by By Karanodakashayi Vishnu das.