Here is a list of Vaishnav Books by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada, Six Goswamis and Gaudiya Rasika Acaryas to help sincere people advance in bhakti and vraja bhajan, and take to the path of fully realising oneself as an eternal resident of Vraj by identifying one's individual relationship with Supreme Personality of Godhead.
For Absolute Beginners
- Nectar of Instruction
- Science of Self Realisation
- Srimad Bhagavad Gita
- Krishna Book
- Beyond Birth and Death
- The Path of Perfection
- Perfect Questions, Perfect Answers
- Life Comes From Life
- Sri Isopanisad
- The Journey of Self Discovery
For Devotees who have recently taken this path
NOTE: Only after you have gone through Srimad Bhagavat Gita, Nectar of Instruction and other foundational books by Srila Prabhupada mentioned above, you should proceed to read the below-mentioned books to relish and dive deeper in the esoteric and confidential aspects of Vrindavan Prema Rasa.
As one should not jump from Class II to Class XIIth books straight-away, similarly one should be honest internally and approach this inner confidential secret and transcendental love of Vrindavan only after going through the above-mentioned books to establish a firm foundation of the position of Vrindavan, Krishna, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, Vaishnavas and Acharyas within their heart. I leave it up to to you to listen to your inner voice and be honest with yourself before approaching the below-mentioned books. Remember, Krishna is the biggest trickster so do not try to trick the Paramatma within your heart and be honest. However, it may vary for sincere devotees who have high desperation and inspiration to go deeper.
For Devotees who have been practising Vaidhi Bhakti for more than 2 Years
For Devotees who love Vrindavan and want to take up residence here
- Sri Radha Ras Sudha Nidhi
- Ujjwala Nilamani
- Govind Lilamrta
- Mathura Mahatmya
- Vighanda Madhava
- The Heart of Transcendental Book Distribution
- Prema Bhakti Chandrika
For Devotees who want to solely attain Radha Krishna Prema
Listen to your gut, inner voice and if inspired, do read these books by remembering Srila Prabhupada, guru shishya parampara, and pray to Vrindavan Dham to guide you to Prema Rasa. Be humble enough to accept that your thoughts and understanding of spiritual subjects might not be perfect hence pray, seek direction and guidance to Vrindavan Dham with full humility. Krishna answers Arjuna in Bhagavad Gita, "As one surrenders, I reward him accordingly." Meditate on Vrindavan, Radharani and Krishna through guru shishya pramapara. Srila Prabhupada has mercifully given us everything. Remember him, pray to him and he will guide you internally.
And this whole journey bears no fruit unless and unless you take to the chanting of holy names of Lord:
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare
As I have heard from Rasika Vaishnavas, or by reading Prabhupada or Six Goswami books, the conclusion of reading all scriptures is all but to take to chanting and chanting. Every second and every breath of ours should be the holy names of Lord internally. Nama is greater than nami, and nama of Lordships is even higher than the Lord Himself. Nama contains the key to rupa, guna, lila and dham.
Srila Prabhupada often said that the purpose of him writing all those thicks books and scriptures was to convince people to chant Hare Krishna Maha Mantra.
Don't worry if you don't understand things straight-away. Have patience, wait for the right answers and right time. Whatever be the situation in life, just stick to nama. Just as a child is carefree in the presence of his mother, just depend on nama. Be fearless and take it as the only shelter. Remember that nama is non-different from Krishna Himself, in fact, higher. Nama will magically direct the way.
Vrindavan Dham awaits you.
Harinam Harinam Harinam Eva Kevalam!
Jai Jai Shri Radhe!
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