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Srila Prabhupada’s Books

The preface to Sri Srimad Gour Govinda Swami’s Mathura Meets Vrindavan
Caitanya-caritāmta (madhya 24.318) states from Anantadev. Therefore Śrīmad
that Śrīmad Bhāgavatam is unlimited: Bhāgavatam is ananta, unlimited, like an
ka-tulya bhāgavata — vibhu, sarvāśraya unlimited ocean. If you dive deep, deep-
prati-śloke prati-akare nānā artha kaya er, to the deepest region of the ocean, you
can collect invaluable gems. One of the
Śrīmad Bhāgavatam is as great as Krishna,
the Supreme Lord and shelter of every- synonyms for ocean is ratnākara, or ratna-
thing. In each and every verse of Śrīmad garbhā. Ratna means invaluable gems,
Bhāgavatam and in each and every syllable, and these are found in the garbha, belly,
there are various meanings.  of the ocean. But who can collect them?
Only one who dives very deep, to the
Śrīmad Bhāgavatam is as good as Krish-
deepest region, can collect these gems.
na. It is not different from Krishna. This
is described by Thakur Vrindavan Das in If you float on the surface, you will
Caitanya-bhāgavata (antya 3.516): collect only fish. Similarly, Bhāgavatam
is an unlimited ocean, and you have to
premamaya bhāgavata śrī-kera aga dive deep into it. Srila A.C. Bhaktive-
tahate kahena yata gopya ka-raga
danta Swami Prabhupada said, “Ev-
Śrīmad Bhāgavatam is full of ka-prema. It erything is in my books.” He has given
is a part of Krishna Himself, for it describes everything, but it is in seed form. He
Krishna’s confidential pastimes.  has only given a hint. Now you have to
Bhāgavata śrī-kera aga — Śrīmad dive deeper and deeper, to the deepest
Bhāgavatam is the body of Krishna. tahate region, then you will collect the invalu-
kahena yata gopya ka-raga — all confi- able gems that are there.
dential, sweet pastimes are described here. Prabhupada’s purports need expla-
Krishna is vibhu, the Supreme Lord, and nation. The Bhaktivedanta purports are
He is ananta, unlimited. Similarly, Śrīmad unique. Vaiava philosophy is not easy
Bhāgavatam is also vibhu and ananta, the to describe. It is a very subtle and most
unlimited Supreme Lord. sublime philosophy. It is a very diffi-
cult philosophy. Prabhupada explained
Invaluable Gems
it in a very nice easy language. Srila
Anantadev, who stays in Pātāla, car- Prabhupada is especially empowered, a
ries the material universe on one of His śaktyāveśa-avatāra sent by Sri Chaitanya
hoods like a mustard seed. With His Mahaprabhu. Otherwise no one can give
unlimited mouths, Anantadev has been such a thing as he has done.
continuously speaking Bhāgavatam, and Srimad Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati
has not yet finished. The four Kumaras Goswami Prabhupada Maharaja has
are there, hearing Śrīmad Bhāgavatam explained vaiava philosophy, but you
xviii Mathura Meets Vrindavan
cannot understand his words. His lan- original Sanskrit words because you can-
guage is so difficult you cannot enter into not find the English equivalent.
it. This vaiava philosophy is very difficult This purport speaks of so many things.
because it has it’s own specific language. Yesterday I read only the first page of the
But Srila Prabhupada, our revered spiri- purport. I have not gone through to the next
tual master, was an especially empowered page. Today I will read the next page and try
person, and he explained it in the English my best to express it clearly, but I don’t know
language. It is very difficult to explain in how far I will succeed. I don’t know, because
English language. Many times the English I have no power, no qualification. I am not
language has no words to properly convey a worthy person. Only by Prabhupada’s
the meanings. In this purport Prabhupada mercy, the mercy of guru and Gauranga — if
tried his best to translate the ideas into they speak through me can I try to explain.
English, but sometimes he just used the Otherwise it is not possible.