(Kadamba Kanana Swami, September 2017, Cape Town, South Africa, Evening Class)
If Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakura would be with us today then he would be a BBT man because he was trained by this father, Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur, in publishing books. He published so many varieties of books and magazines. Book distribution is a natural thing…
Srila Prabhupada was carrying forward that mood of his spiritual master. Even in the war in 1944, Srila Prabhupada produced a ‘Back to Godhead’ magazine as part of his mission. This was very difficult to do because all the paper was rationed. It was reserved for the war and Prabhupada went to a military commander who said, “Sorry, sir. We cannot give you any paper. It is all reserved for the war.”
“Exactly,” Prabhupada said, “This is why my magazine must be printed because it will end the war.” And he got the paper and printed his magazine.
He started an editorial article, “The frenzy of love and the frenzy of hate.” Hate is the opposite of love. The love for one’s fatherland is the hate for another land. Prabhupada spoke about that – that narrow love of excluding; exclusive love. So in that editorial article, he gave his transcendental universal message in that first Back to Godhead magazine.