Srila Prabhupada's Vision
His Divine Grace
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

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Srila Prabhupada considered publishing Srimad-Bhagavatam and other books on Krishna consciousness to be his primary duty. Publishing and distributing books was his spiritual master's most important work, and Srila Prabhupada dedicated his life to creating Krishna conscious literature to introduce Western audiences to Vaishnava philosophy and culture. In November 1967 he wrote to his disciple Rayarama Dasa:

“If I can leave behind me the Srimad-Bhagavatam, Gita, Upanishads, and Teachings of Lord Chaitanya, and if you continue to work in the spirit of pure Krishna consciousness, surely we shall be able to do some tangible service to humanity at large.”

Even at the end of his life he did not forget about his books. He wanted his disciples to take publishing and distributing them seriously.

To Srila Prabhupada the publishing department was vital to his preaching work. Each time a new book was printed he said he felt as if he had conquered an empire. And he wasn't interested only in English-language publication; he wanted his books to be available in as many languages as possible. In a letter to Hamsaduta Dasa, dated November 1968, he wrote:

"We work so that men of all languages and cultures may join us in chanting Hare Krishna, and for this we need so many literatures in so many different languages. So please try for this.”

When Krishna Consciousness, the Topmost Yoga System was printed in Swedish and Srila Prabhupada received a copy, he said looking through the book gave him unlimited bliss even though he could not read Swedish. He was confident that the devotees would conquer Europe with his books, and again and again he expressed his sincere gratitude to all who helped to produce and distribute them.

On one occasion he wrote: “I was very happy to receive a new edition of Bhagavad-gita. The make-up is very nice. Every time I see a new publication of my books it gives me so much enthusiasm that my life is increased by 100 years. Thank you for helping me so much.” (from a letter to Rameshvara Dasa, November 27, 1975)

"Please accept my blessings. I beg to aknowledge receipt of your letter of 4/1/74, along with the new publication in Swedish of my English work, "Krishna Consciousness, the Topmost Yoga System." Of course I cannot read Swedish, but looking through this book has given me unlimited bliss. After all, this is my prime duty, to publish books on Krishna consciousness. The printing of the book appears excellent, and that you are "profusely distributing" the book all over Sweden is the crowning success of our movement. We will conquer Europe with these books. I can only thank you again and again in sincere gratitude for producing this literature, and pray to Krishna to bless you with all spiritual advancement." (Srila Prabhupada's letter to Ajita Dasa, 7 April 1974)

 


 

Preaching in Västerås (Sweden)

In the beginning of March 2014, Mukunda prabhu visited different schools and gave lectures, had
kirtans and distributed Shastra Dana books and prasadam to students and teachers.






 

 

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Swedish
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Readings in Vedic Literature
By Satsvarupa dasa Goswami
The second Swedish edition

Discover the Vedic tradition for yourself in this essential handbook on Vedic literature. Here's an excellent companion for any student interested in the Vedas.
Readings in Vedic Literature is often used as a college textbook because of its clarity and concise presentation of Indian philosophy.
It easily unravels the mystery of the broad base of Indian knowledge and philosophy. You'll get the essential ideas of the Vedic tradition, as well as a sample of Vedic writings and a look at the first Indologists. This book is a must-have for anyone who wants to get a handle on the vast body of Vedic knowledge.

 

 

 




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Govindas Bästa
By Marita Gegerfelt Nordgren

A vegetarian cookbook in Swedish with recipes from Govindas restaurant in Stockholm.

Denna kokbok innehåller över 150 klassiska vegetariska recept med många variationer från Govindas restaurang i Stockholm, som är känd för sin omväxlande och välsmakande mat. Här finner vi grönsaksrätter, risrätter, soppor, bröd, sallader, sötsaker och drycker. Recepten är mestadels från Indien men även från andra delar av världen. Detta är en praktisk och inspirerande kokbok för såväl nybörjare som erfarna kockar.

 



   

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Teachings of Lord Kapila

By His Divine Grace
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Now in Finnish

Long ago, in an age we know about only from the epics of ancient India, the great sage Kapila made His appearance on earth - from the womb of the saintly Devahuti. When her husband left home to seek spiritual perfection in the forest, Devahuti implored her divine son Kapila to lead her to enlightenment. Lord Kapila then showed her the way of Sankhya – the analytical pathway to a higher understanding of the world, the self, and the ultimate source of everything.

Here the world's most distinguished teacher of Vedic philosophy and religion shows us just how relevant Lord Kapila's ancient teachings are to us today. Through the way of Sankhya, as explained in this book, we learn about the qualities of the spiritual master, the science of meditation, the psychology of consciousness, the symptoms of the self-realized person, the secret of transcendental knowledge, and the attainment of supreme liberation.


320 pages, soft-bound, 12.5 x 19 cm

 



French
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Lithuanian
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The Hidden Glory of India
By Steven J. Rosen / Satyaraja Das
Now in French and Lithuanian

Here's the most concise, colorful overview of philosophy and culture of Vaishnavism, or bhakti-yoga—the hidden glory of India.
After thirty years of research, Steven J. Rosen (Satyaraja Dasa) breaks open the vault of Gaudiya Vaishnavism, revealing everything from the basics of the spiritual path to advanced techniques for chanting the maha-mantra.
The Hidden Glory of India is the world's first full-color overview of Krishna consciousness, with easy-to-read sections on such subjects as Krishna and His incarnations, Radha and the gopis, the significance of om, the meaning of mantras, the nature of the demigods, Krishna conscious perspectives on women, dance, music and art, and how all this relates to contemporary Hinduism. A perfect gift for family members and friends, The Hidden Glory of India is as beautiful to look at as it is rich in philosophy and wisdom.

192 pages, soft-bound, 14 x 21 cm


 

 

 

Lithuanian
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French
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Life Comes from Life
By His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
Now in French and Lithuanian

For people who have come to accept every pronouncement of modern scientists as tested and proven truth, this book will be an eye-opener. Life Comes From Life is an impromptu but brilliant critique of some of the dominant policies, theories and presumptions of modern science and scientists by one of the greatest philosophers and scholars of this century, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Srila Prabhupada's vivid analysis uncovers the hidden and blatantly unfounded assumptions that underlie currently fashionable doctrines concerning the origins and purpose of life.

Lithuanian edition: 136 pages, soft-bound, 12.5 x 19 cm
French edition: 198 pages, soft-bound, 10.5 x 17.5 cm






French
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Sri Isopanisad
By His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
Now in French

The Sanskrit words Sri Isopanisad mean "the knowledge that brings one nearer to the Supreme Person." As such, Sri Isopanisad directly counters the teachings of modern science, which say that at the root of existence lies not a person but merely abstract laws governing the chance collision of subatomic particles in the vast void of time and space.

Individually, we rebel at the proposal that can be analyzed into lifeless laws and particles. We feel that personality is the solid foundation and unifying principle of our existence. That intuition is correct, says the Vedic philosophy of personality in every sphere of life and knowledge. And the essential Vedic teachings on the universal nature of personality are summarized in Sri Isopanisad, the foremost of the 108 Upanisads. As translated and explained by His Divine Grace A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the nineteen jewellike mantras of Sri Isopanisad can release us from the bleak conceptions of impersonalism and put us in touch with the Supreme Person, the fountainhead of all energies and all happiness.

114 pages, soft-bound, 12.5 x 19 cm

 

 


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Dharma, the Way of Transcendence
By His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
Now in Lithuanian

The word dharma refers to the inherent characteristic of something. This book describes the essential, unchanging, undying characteristics of the soul.

Each of us has an essential nature, and if we live in harmony with our essential nature, or dharma, we feel deeply satisfied. What is our dharma? Loving service to God, Krishna.

122 pages, soft-bound, 12.5 x 19 cm

 

 

 

 

   
   
RDcover

Rethinking Darwin

A Vedic Study of Darwinism and Intelligent design
by Leif A. Jensen (Lalitanatha Dasa)
256 pages, softbound, 12.5 x 19cm

Over the past few decades, advances in biochemistry have created an Intelligent Design opposition that maintains that the theory of evolution is beset with anomalies. In "Rethinking Darwin", Danish science writer Leif A. Jensen, in collaboration with leading Intelligent Design proponents such as Dr. Michael Behe, Dr. William Dembski, and Dr. Jonathan Wells, points out flaws in the Darwinian paradigm and examines the case for intelligent design. The argument for design is next expanded with further evidence from archeology, cosmology, and studies of consciousness. Finally, based on the irreducible nature of consciousness, the book suggests an alternative paradigm drawn from the Vedic texts of ancient India.


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The Bhaktivedanta Book Trust (BBT), established in 1987 at Korsnäs Gård, is primarily assisting the International Society for Krishna Consciousness in its preaching mission. We publish many books on
Krishna consciousness and the philosophy, religion, and culture of the Vedic tradition of India.

We especially emphasize the works of the Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition. Our publications include original scriptural works and books that discuss and explain these traditional texts. The Bhaktivedanta Book Trust also publishes some of its materials on CD and DVD, in audio book format, and in all e-book formats.

Books by the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust range in complexity from brief, introductory volumes and study guides, summary studies, and short
Sanskrit works to exhaustive multi-volume translations (with commentaries) of major Sanskrit and Bengali texts.

First and foremost we translate and publish the works of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. His books are the crown
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Check out the "Gita Changes" for Chapter 5

"Activities such as hearing, seeing, speaking, evacuating, etc., are actions of the senses meant for work."

Really? Wait a second - aren't hearing and seeing what we do with our knowledge-gathering senses, not our working ones?

But the quotation comes right from Bhagavad-gita As
It Is
, from the purport to 5.9. So how could it be wrong?

It's wrong because it's the first edition and a typist left something out.

See for yourself in the annotated scans for chapter five, now online at www.BBTedit.com/changes.

You'll see all the revisions done for the purports, along with annotations and with images from the manuscript typed by SrilaPrabhupada himself.

Of special historical interest: For this chapter, Srila Prabhupada typed on the back of various printed pages, for which images are included.

Whether you're "for the changes," against them, or neutral, here's another opportunity to see what the changes actually are.

The changes for the Preface, Introduction, and previous chapters are already online. See them all at www.BBTedit.com/changes.


 

 




   
Srila Prabhupada
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Srila Prabhupada speaks out:

"Please print as many books as possible, this is my real pleasure. By printing these books of our Krishna conscious philosophy in so many different languages we can actually inject our movement into the masses of people all over the world, especially there in the Western countries, and we can literally turn whole nations into Krishna conscious nations."
(Excerpt from Srila Prabhupada's letter to Hridayananda Maharaja, 21 December 1974)



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Dhriti Devi Dasi and
Ramadasa Abhirama Dasa:

Lord Krishna

1980, oil on canvas

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