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sábado, 17 de setembro de 2011

Srila Gurudeva's Last Instruction on Book Publication

Submitted by the Rays of The Harmonist team

On the evening of Saturday November 13, Karttika 2010, in Govardhana, the newly published Hindi Srimad-Bhagavatam – Tenth Canto, Part One (Chapters 1–8), with commentaries – was offered to Srila Gurudeva. He was extremely happy to receive this publication and gave his full blessings to Sripad Tirtha Maharaja. Although Srila Gurudeva was speaking very little, because of his health, upon seeing this Bhagavatam, he enthusiastically began to instruct Sripad Tirtha Maharaja to continue with and complete his work on the Tenth Canto, presenting the commentaries in accordance with the siddhanta of our rupanuga-guruvarga. Srila Gurudeva also gave his blessings to Sriman Jagannatha Punja Prabhu who financially supported this production of the Bhagavatam.

This conversation was translated and included in Sripad Bhagavat Maharaja’s report on November 14, 2010, posted from keep-in-touch.

Approximately half an hour later, Srila Gurudeva spoke further about the continued publication of his books. Present in the room were Sripad Madhava Maharaja, Sripad Siddhanti Maharaja, Sripad Madhava-priya Prabhu, Sundara-gopala Prabhu (England), Srivasa dasa (Canada), Prana-krsna dasa (Puri), and Gaura-raja dasa (kirtaniya, Mathura) and others.

The following is a translation of his instructions.

Srila Gurudeva [before recording started]: You should continue to print my books with the same enthusiasm with which they are being printed now.

[Recording starts from here.]
After I leave, also, you should continue to print those editions that are finished [out of stock] in the same manner.

Sripad Madhava Maharaja [In response to the words “After I leave”]: [Please,] you mustn’t speak like this; don’t speak like this. You have to live for a long time yet – many more years. There is so much work pending, so you mustn’t speak like this. If you speak like this, will not everyone’s mind become disturbed? You mustn’t speak like this.

Srila Gurudeva: No. …[long pause]. The continuous progression of [the printing of] our books should not break. …[long pause]. I have said… [long pause] already said, that it should fully continue.

Madhava-priya Prabhu [to Sripad Madhava Maharaja]: Please tell [Srila Gurudeva] to rest now for a while. He has spoken so much today. [It was late evening.]

Sripad Madhava Maharaja: Today you have spoken so much. Now [please] stop, otherwise you will become tired.

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