Shortly before Śrīla Prabhupāda departed this mortal world and returned to the eternal, blissful realm of Goloka Vṛndāvana, Śubhānanda dāsa expressed to him a desire to compile a subject-by-subject encyclopedia of Śrīla Prabhupādas teachings. ŚrīlaMoreShortly before Śrīla Prabhupāda departed this mortal world and returned to the eternal, blissful realm of Goloka Vṛndāvana, Śubhānanda dāsa expressed to him a desire to compile a subject-by-subject encyclopedia of Śrīla Prabhupādas teachings.
Śrīla Prabhupāda replied, It is a very welcome suggestion. Śrīla Prabhupāda Śikṣāmṛta, a compilation of nectarean instructions from Śrīla Prabhupādas letters, is the first installment of that encyclopedia.We have organized the material into fifty major topics, with various subtopics. For comprehensiveness, we have tried to present every quotation available on a given topic or subtopic, in chronological order. Also, each excerpt ends with the full date and the name of the person to whom the letter was written.
Aside from correcting minor, obvious errors in grammar and spelling, we have neither added to nor subtracted from Śrīla Prabhupādas words.Most often what Śrīla Prabhupāda says applies broadly. So these instructions can benefit all his followers, now and in the future. When speaking on spiritual topics, one should support ones statements with reference to authority, just as Śrīla Prabhupāda did. So Śrīla Prabhupāda Śikṣāmṛta will serve as a valuable reference.For devotees, the instructions in Śrīla Prabhupādas books, lectures, letters, conversations, and morning walks inspire enthusiasm and help fulfill the prayer we sing every day - to have our consciousness purified by the words emanating from his lotus mouth.
And since only a few souls had personal dealings with Śrīla Prabhupāda and those dealings often took place through the mail, Śrīla Prabhupāda Śikṣāmṛta, will give a glimpse into his nectarean personal dealings, for those who missed the chance.This first volume in the series contains Śrīla Prabhupādas teachings on the subjects of art, association with devotees, astrology, Back To Godhead -magazine, going back home, back to Godhead, Bhaktivedanta Book Trust, the Bhaktivedanta Institute, book distribution, business and money, chanting Hare Kṛṣṇa, cow protection, farms, self-sufficiency and economic development, deity worship, devotional service, drama, adult higher education, gurukula education, child raising and nursery, and films.