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Why Write?

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The blogger
I write because I must, something like an addict must have drink, or a smoke. It is more gentle, not as often or as externally demanding, but more an inner prompting to contribute, to create.

It began over 30 years ago with a gift I received of a journal. After I began writing I discovered that when I wrote, uncovered, buried or forgotten parts of me emerged. Not trivial things, but important aspects of myself that needed to see the light of consciousness to be either acted upon, purified, or purged. Writing became like a love affair with my hidden self, the self I had missed and was looking for externally. It was the self I had to repress in childhood to try to avoid the disapproval and anger of an emotionally wounded father—and instrument of my karma to give me much to write about.

In writing I have discovered my strength, that I have a voice and things I feel strongly about and want to share. Thus my personal reflections have evolved—as much as a selfish child evolves—to my desire to express myself to others. Not that my writing is selfless; far from it! Yet it is partly my desire to be of service and help others by my life’s journey and whatever I know and aspire for.

When I write “well” it certainly isn’t because of literary skill or great composition, or that I am a “wordsmith”—in my estimation, I am only a writer because I write—yet my definition of “well” is when my writing has feeling and passion and life. Good writing is my heart expressed. It is an offering of my love to you. I have the need to express what I think is important, useful, and beneficial to myself and ideally for you, the readers.
Give to live
Writing is a relationship on many levels: to myself—my past, mind, heart and potential—my spiritual and personal growth ideals, and to whoever reads my words. It is very personal, in a small way like birthing a child, though I can certainly say an extension of who I am and what I stand for. I realize my limitations and that I fall short of my expressive hopes. I am, however, a work in progress. Although what I convey may not have the desired power or ability to speak a truth which needs to be expressed, I am confident my work is not in vain. Even the mighty oak, redwood, or banyan tree began as a sprouted seed.

In the highest sense if my writing is my love, then my love can be for love’s sake, and not for any material purpose. Most importantly my prayer is that this be an offering of love my “maker” or my Lords, Shri Shri Radha Krishna, Shri Gaura-Nitai, and my worshipable gurus. And for better or worse, I share this with you, because I must.

2-10 Radha Gopinatha

Combined comments from old site

Sat, 02/13/2010 - 01:40 — abrennan
Prabhupada on writing

Here are some quotes from Srila Prabhupada about writing. They were sent to me by my friend Padmapani Dasa from http://www.prabhupadaconnect.com/

"By writing according to our realization we become more and more convinced and all doubts are destroyed." (Letter 75-11-15)

"Chant Hare Krsna Mantra day and night, read books and expressing the philosophy in your own words write articles for publishing" (Letter 75-11-15)

"You ask one question about the nature of books. I want you to write as my disciples; on this point, Krsna Consciousness is not limited. Persons like all of the Gosvamis wrote so many books, Visvanatha Cakravarti, and all the acaryas wrote books, and still I am writing books. Similarly, also my disciples will write." (Letter 72-2-15)

"Just read from my books and try and explain the meaning in your own words." (Letter 73-01-26)

"You must all study all of the books so that when the need arises you can repeat in your own words their purport." (Letter 72-01-06)

"Realization means you should write, every one of you, what is your realization. You write your realization, what you have realized about Krishna. That is required. It is not passive. Always you should be active. Whenever you find time, you write. Never mind, two lines, four lines, but you write your realization. Sravanam kirtanam, writing or offering prayers, glories. This is one of the function of the Vaisnava. You are hearing, but you have to write also. Then write means smaranam, remembering what you have heard from your spiritual master, from the scripture. Sravanam kirtanam visnoh: [SB 7.5.23] about Vishnu, not for others. Don't write any nonsense thing for any nonsense man. Useless waste of time.

"Vishnu. Write about Vishnu, Krishna. This is cultivation of Krishna consciousness. Hear, write, remember, try to understand. Don't be dull, dull-headed. Very intelligent. Without being very intelligent, nobody can have full Krishna consciousness. It is for the most intelligent man. So that intelligence will come if you try to understand Krishna. We have got so many books. Always try to understand Krishna. Then you are liberated. Simply by… You cannot understand Krishna in full. He is unlimited; our knowledge is limited. But as far as you can, try to understand Krishna."
(Srila Prabhupada lecture, August 14, 1972)

"Everything is there in our books; so learn it and put in your own way by reproducing. You are also materially well-educated so reproduce what I have taught in your own language. These things are new thoughts in your western countries, everyone will be interested. Writing is also required. Let it be published first in our BTG, then sometimes they may be printed into books also." (Srila Prabhupada letter, May 2, 1972)


*Reply*

Sat, 02/13/2010 - 06:45 — Karnamrita.das
Wow, and thanks!

You "Wowed" me Mate. Yeah, I was thinking of adding some quotes about writing, but you have given more then I might have. Certainly the instruction and recommendation of the Guru is the best reason to write. I was just giving my personal reasons and motivations. Thanks very much.

I especially liked the quotes, "Write about Vishnu, Krishna. This is cultivation of Krishna consciousness. Hear, write, remember, try to understand. Don't be dull, dull-headed." and "Realization means you should write, every one of you, what is your realization. You write your realization, what you have realized about Krishna. That is required. It is not passive. Always you should be active. Whenever you find time, you write." and "Persons like all of the Gosvamis wrote so many books, Visvanatha Cakravarti, and all the acaryas wrote books, and still I am writing books. Similarly, also my disciples will write."

Writing is a form of kirtana and is very absorbing. Actually I just remembered that I get my first taste for writing when I was staying in Hyderabad, India in 1975, and I put together one or two issues of the Temples Newsletter, "The Hare Krishna Explosion". I found the articles and the pictures and arranged them on the pages. It was the closest thing to full absorption I had experienced. Although we have to really work to chant with attention, write is very focused and one's mind and heart are one pointed.

Your friend in Krishna,

Karnamrita