Reading the previous acaryas' books
Posted on August 3, 2016
Amogha: Srila Prabhupada, I remember once I heard a tape where you told us that we should not try to read the books of previous acaryas.
Amogha: That we should not try to read Bhaktivinoda's books or earlier books of other..., our acaryas. So I was just wondering...
Prabhupada: I never said that.
Amogha: You didn't say that? Oh.
Prabhupada: How is that?
Amogha: I thought you said that we should not read the previous acaryas' books.
Prabhupada: No, you should read.
Amogha: We should.
Prabhupada: It is misunderstanding.
Paramahamsa: I think maybe he was thinking that there was some things about some of the Gaudiya Matha books.
Paramahamsa: And sometimes you said that better not to..., better to read your books.
Amogha: When the devotees went to India this year, they said that Acyutananda Swami very..., chastised them that "You should never... If I catch any of you buying Bhaktisiddhanta's books from Gaudiya Matha, then I will take it away," something like this.
Paramahamsa: Yeah, that was... The reason was because of..., he didn't want the devotees going to Gaudiya Matha. But there's nothing wrong with the idea of studying the previous acaryas' books.
Prabhupada: No. Who said that is wrong? We are following previous acaryas. I never said that.
Paramahamsa: All of your commentaries are coming from the previous acaryas.
Jayadharma: But that wouldn't mean that we should keep all the previous acaryas' books and only read them.
Prabhupada: That is already there. You first of all assimilate what you have got. You simply pile up books and do not read — what is the use?
Jayadharma: First of all we must read all your books.
Paramahamsa: Practically speaking, Srila Prabhupada, you are giving us the essence of all the previous acaryas' books in your books.
Morning Walk — May 13, 1975, Perth, Australia