Fifty Years to Finish Srimad-Bhagavatam
Posted on January 17, 2016
I am very much stressing at this point that all of my students shall be very much conversant with the philosophy of Krsna consciousness, and that they should read our books very diligently at least one or two hours daily and try to understand the subject matter from varieties of angles. We are holding our morning class in Los Angeles in the temple and I am speaking from 7 to 8 am, and the process is that we are going through some chapters of Srimad-Bhagavatam by taking one sloka each day, and reading the Sanskrit aloud. Each word is pronounced by me and repeated by the students and then all together we chant the sloka several times until we have learned it. And then we discuss the subject matter very minutely and inspect it from all angles of approach and savour the new understandings. So you introduce this system in all of the centers in your zone, and you will discover that everyone becomes very much enlivened by these daily classes. Read one sloka and discuss and then go on to the next sloka on the next day, and so on, and even you discuss one verse each day it will take you fifty years to finish the Srimad-Bhagavatam in this way. So we have got ample stock for acquiring knowledge. And if the students get knowledge more and more, they will automatically become convinced and very easily perform their duties for tapasya or renunciation of the material bondage, and that will be their successful advancement in Krsna consciousness. So I want that advancement amongst all of my students, so you are responsible that the standard will be maintained.
Srila Prabhupada, letter to Madhudvisa dasa, 16 June 1970