Srila Prabhupada Conversation: Always Have Big Stock of Books,
Vrndavan, October 16, 1977
Prabhupada: So, why not publish in large quantity of … large number
Tamala Krishna: Yes, I think that's advisable. There have been some
complaints again about no stock.
Prabhupada: Why it is not being done? There is money?
Tamala Krishna: Jayapataka had some complaint today.
Giriraja: It may be that because we're dealing with one printer he
cannot handle all of the work.
Prabhupada: Why one printer?
Tamala Krishna: And Jayapataka was thinking his parties are
distributing Hindi books also, in Bihar and other places, and they
ran out of books, and even though they went to Bombay, he could not
get the books he wanted. There was no stock.
Prabhupada: So what he recommends?
Tamala Krishna: So he says he can print cheaper anyway in Calcutta.
Prabhupada: Then let him print.
Tamala Krishna: Yes. That's what I mentioned to him.
Prabhupada: Why depend on one printer?
Tamala Krishna: No.
Prabhupada: Where is Gopala?
Giriraja: He went to Bombay today.
Prabhupada: So, you arrange many printers.
Prabhupada: Never mind the price. Huge stock should be maintained.
Why unnecessarily keeping in the bank?
Giriraja: Now we'll spend it all for printing.
Prabhupada: I think in the BBT there are five, six lakhs.
Prabhupada: So why? Turn them into books.
Giriraja: (whispering) "I think that in the BBT there's five, six
lakhs. So why not transform it into books?"
Prabhupada: Hindi books can be distributed all over the world.
Prabhupada: Similarly Gujarati, and English to Australia. Why money
should be kept in the bank?
Tamala Krishna: I don't think it will be any more, now that we have
your direction. You actually gave us directions about a week ago,
and I think they're going to carry through on it.
Prabhupada: Don't depend on one printer.
Tamala Krishna: No. Actually Jayapataka is very enthusiastic for
printing also. It's pretty easy to print at two different
places, because once you have the plates, they can simply be … You
know, the photos, offset machines. Once you have the negatives, you
can simply send them, and they can be printed anywhere.
Hrdayananda: Anywhere in the world.
Tamala Krishna: Yes. And especially you can send them from Bombay
Prabhupada: Visvambhara, everywhere they want me. You also …
Visvambhara: I can give my life, Prabhupada. I can give some of my
years. I pray that I may go early, Prabhupada.
Prabhupada: No, why you should go early? You live on.
Visvambhara: Prabhupada, you stay. I wish that … I told you already
earlier here that please at least complete this Bhagavatam, Srila
Prabhupada. Prabhupada: That is my desire also.
Visvambhara: Will Krishna not fulfill your desire?
Prabhupada: Oh, Krishna is independent.
Tamala Krishna: You've always stated in your books, Srila
Prabhupada that Krishna likes too much to fulfill the desire of His
pure devotee. He uses His independence to fulfill the desire of His
Prabhupada: (Hindi) My will said. Karmani nirdahati kintu ca
bhakti-bhajam [Bs. 5.54]. What is the karma-phala? (Hindi) Yas tv
indra-gopam athavendram aho…
Visvambhara: Prabhupada is saying if one is ordered to hang, how
can he say … I say, I tell Prabhupada, "President has got these
Prabhupada: Now stock books immediately.
Tamala Krishna: Here is Jayapataka Swami.
Prabhupada: You print. They will pay you, Jayapataka?
Jayapataka: Yes, Srila Prabhupada.
Prabhupada: There is no question of becoming miserly. You print as
many books as you like. All money will be paid if you have no
money. Why? If you are selling books, you must have money also.
Jayapataka: We have a program to print. We're printing right now.
It's in the press at the present time. The Bhakti-katha,
Jnana-katha, Bhagavanera-katha and then hardback Vairagya-vidya.
And also three issues of Bhagavata-darsana. We're trying to …
within that money also, print the first three chapters of
Tamala Krishna: We gave him a loan of forty-five thousand rupees,
and then another twenty-five is coming. But that's all …
Prabhupada: So you'll get money. Print.
Jayapataka: One of our parties has gone to Bihar, and they sold
about twelve thousand books and they ran out. They just now ran out
of books, so they went to Bombay to get Hindi books, but there was
no stock. So they came here to … and spent four hundred rupees
going there, they found no books. Then they came here to Delhi, and
they got two thousand books from Vrndavana here, what stock they
Prabhupada: So why stock lacking? Why this mismanagement? There is
no question of shortage of stock. I give you open order. Print more
than necessity. If you do not print, what shall I do?
Bhakti-caru: Should we start printing Hindi books in Calcutta,
Prabhupada: I do not know where to be … But get it printed in huge
stock. Bhakti-caru: Calcutta also has all the facilities in
Prabhupada: What is use of telling me?
Hrdayananda: What is the use of telling him?
Jayapataka: He said, "I give an open order to print books. Always
have big stock."
Hrdayananda: Huge stock, he said, more than necessary.
Kirtanananda: It's up to us to figure out where to print books.
Gargamuni: I have to put this question, Prabhupada.
Jayapataka: He already answered that question. Gaura-Govinda, he's
already translated sixteen chapters of Bhagavad-gita in Oriya, and
he's translated three small books in Oriya.
Prabhupada: Let him bring. There is fifty thousand rupees in
Tamala Krishna: Yes.
Jayapataka: That fifty thousand rupees was supposed to be for
construction. Bhagavata Prabhu has collected about 35,000 rupees on
his own that he's put into the account there so far. More is also
being collected. It was previously promised that whatever he would
collect for construction, then that amount would be matched from
Tamala Krishna: Somewhere. So so far he has to collect fifty
thousand, 'cause that's already there.
Prabhupada: That construction is not so important as printing of
Jayapataka: The president of the Bhadrak temple that Lokanatha
Swami got donated from the Gaudiya Matha to ISKCON, he has been
collecting life members, hoping that he can build and improve a
little bit on it. He was hoping to get the same facility of
Bhuvanesvara, of matching fifty-fifty. He's collecting everything
locally in Orissa.
Tamala Krishna: Srila Prabhupada? We got a telegram from
Nrsimha-Caitanya. You know, he's the boy who does library
distribution? Should I read it to you?
Tamala Krsna: Okay.
Jayapataka: Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura's analogy of
Brhad-mrdanga has really come true through Your Divine Grace. The
sound of your books has been heard in all corners.