Summer 2004

Another manifestation of the imitation of Srila Prabhupada is trying to surpass Srila Prabhupada's literary legacy by publishing books on Krishna's pastimes. Here is a message from H.H. Sivarama Swami's servant that shows how desperate Maharaja is to sell copies of his own "Krishna book":

Guru maharaja has suggested that i seek your help in mobilising some pandavas to help with selling the last remaining copies of na paraye 'ham. i think all together there are 1000 copies.
(30/5/2003, 18:20:36 +0100)

Sivarama Swami's book, Na paraye ham, is in fact a work of fiction, which he openly admits in the book:

"The first poetic license, therefore, was to induce the fictional characters Syamalata and Navasakhi. As a consequence of this decision, these literary characters interact with real historical persons such us Radha and Krsna."
(Sivarama Swami, Na paraye'ham, p.19)

"Disclaimer: 'One final note. I must reiterate that Syamalata, her story, and her interaction with Sri Radha and other residents of Vraja, is a literary device."
(Sivarama Swami, Na paraye'ham, p.29)

Yet we know that Srila Prabhupada has repeatedly condemned the idea of imposing one's imagination on the sacred, pure and transcendental pastimes of the Supreme Lord Krishna and His eternal confidential associates. Here are just two examples:


"One who follows his imaginations about the Supreme Personality of Godhead is condemned."
(Srimad Bhagavatam, 10.3.32, purport)

"The wonderful characteristics of the gopis are beyond imagination"
(Sri Caitanya caritamrta Adi Lila, 3.111, purport)

Sivarama Swami also states that his work of fiction is more readable than Srila Prabhupada's books!

"The story line is meant to generate a more readable literature. Devotees, especially in modern times, are less inclined to read straight philosophy than an attractive story that illustrates points of philosophy. If by reading the latter they become versed in the principles of Krsna tattva, surely our purpose in spreading Krsna consciousness is served."
(Sivarama Swami, Na paraye'ham p.20)

"This book Krsna is another presentation to help the Krsna consciousness movement in the Western world. [...]
People love to read various kinds of fiction to spend their time and energy. Now this tendency can be directed to Krsna. [...]
We therefore request everyone to take advantage of this great transcendental literature. One will find that by reading one page after another, an immense treasure of knowledge in art, science, literature, philosophy and religion will be revealed, and ultimately, by reading this one book, Krsna, love of Godhead will fructify."

(Krishna: The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Preface, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada)