(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 11 May 2015, Brisbane, Australia Srimad Bhagavatam 1.3.42)
The different acharyas are spiritual masters who may place emphasis on different things. But still, all are sitting at Srila Prabhupada’s feet. He is the founder acharya, Prabhupada – the master at whose feet all others sit, therefore we should take it that Prabhupada’s books are the main substance in our lives.
So many books are out there nowadays. Everyone has written books. Many of the books are very revealing and extend our understanding. Still, I have a comparison which is that the Bhagavad-gita, the Nectar of Devotion, the Srimad Bhagavatam and the Caitanya-Caritamrta are our four main books which are like rice, dhal, sabji and chapatti; and these other books are like chutney.
So, you know, some chutney is nice. We want some chutney and we read something new, something with a different taste that is interesting. But basically, our staple diet is rice, dhal, sabji and chapatti. If you eat only chutney, you are not going to be very healthy!
So, our main source of knowledge lies in Prabhupada’s books and in there, we absorb deeply. And these other books are extensions of Prabhupada’s books, they give us like a further insight into Prabhupada’s books!