Literature Introduction

 

My Interest is Academic For thousands of years people have turned to Vedic scriptures like the Bhagavad-gita, Srimad-Bhagavatam and other classics such as Chaitanya-charitamrita, and The Nectar of Devotion for enlightenment.

These books:

  • contain spiritual knowledge that is both practical and profound
  • address the questions many of us ask at different times in our lives: Who am I? Why am I here? What is the purpose of life?
  • delve into psychology, love, art, cosmology, health, yoga, architecture, science and more
  • guide you daily in your spiritual journey
  • come from a civilization, unlike today's, that was dedicated solely to spiritual progress. So you'll get a cultural, social context you can draw into your own contemporary life
  • give persons searching for truth the fullest, deepest explanation, more than any other scientific, philosophical, psychological or religious system

But the goal of these scriptures is to lead us to the Supreme, and it is not sufficient merely to study them theoretically. They imply practical consequences. Mere academic study of the Vedic scriptures can be compared to reading a cookbook or a musical composition. If we don't come to the point of actually cooking or playing, we will have missed the goal.

Srila Prabhupada's Books
His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (1896-1977) has written more than sixty volumes of authoritative translations, commentaries and summary studies of the classics of India. His writings have been translated in over eighty languages. Dr. Larry Shinn, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Bucknell University, wrote: “Prabhupada's personal piety gave him real authority. He exhibited complete command of the scriptures, an unusual depth of realization and an outstanding personal example, because he actually lived what he taught."

Please follow the following link to read more about books by Srila Prabhupada and his disciples: http://catalog.bbt.info/d_show_author.php?id=1&target_language=1