Found in Sanga, Sanga 1999.

Q. In a recent posting (Miracles and Dreamless Sleep), why did you overlook the entire written work of our spiritual master, Srila Prabhupada, and only mention the works of Srila Rupa Goswami, Srila Jiva Goswami, and your own book?

A. Jiva Goswami is my favorite writer at this time. Everyone else I have read in modern times follows him. “My” book is really his book (Tattva-sandarbha) with some commentary of my own.

Q. Which acarya of bhakti-marga do you think has most accurately interpreted the srutis and Puranas, and what appropriate or relevant literature is available in this regard?

A. The most accurate answer to this is Jiva Goswami, not Srila Prabhupada. Srila Prabhupada’s work is of a somewhat different nature and focus. Having published Sri Jiva’s Tattva-sandarbha with commentary, I recommended this work as an introduction to Sri Jiva’s work. Tattva-sandarbha is the basis of our entire philosophy, in which the sampradaya’s pramana and premeya are established in a very comprehensive presentation with extensive references to the sruti and Puranas.

Q. It is extremely difficult for a beginner, though very keen to co-relate the various doctrines of different acaryas, to have one good bird’s-eye view.

A. This is what Tattva-sandarbha does. And in his Sat-sandarbha treatise Sri Jiva has honored Ramanuja, Madhva, Sridhara Swami, and other venerable Vaisnavas from different sects, and he has drawn support from them in positing his own particular interpretation.

Otherwise, it is a given that Prabhupada’s books are an excellent example of an acarya who has accurately interpreted the sastra in accordance with their particular spiritual taste and direct perception of reality. Their commentaries are revealed knowledge.

Srila Prabhupada is also one of a number of Jiva Goswami’s followers in the Gaudiya Vedanta tradition who have brought out authentic works that represent his and Sri Caitanya’s insight.

At the same time, I do highly recommend my own books, and I do not feel that doing so in any way obscures the glory of Srila Prabhupada. In fact I think my books speak volumes as to his greatness, for it is only by his grace that they are being written. All the credit goes to him, and of course my siksa-guru, Bhakti Raksaka Sridhara Maharaja as well. They both wanted me to do this kind of service and thus continue their lineage. I hope that you can understand this point, and that you will not fault me for my effort to serve them in this way.

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