From 1966 until his passing in 1977, Srila Prabhupada's life was one of the most constant intercontinental travel: meeting world leaders, perpetually giving lectures and interviews, providing spiritual guidance for thousands of young disciples, and overseeing almost all aspects of managing a global spiritual movement. Yet he considered book publishing his life's mission.
Wherever in the world he was, he used to rise many hours before dawn each day and devote his full attention to translating and composing commentaries on the Vedas' most sacred texts. Some of his major literary works include:
- The 18,000 verses, twelve volume Srimad-Bhagavatam, an epic Sanskrit history of Krishna's incarnations, pastimes and devotees.
- The Bhagavad-gita, Krishna's foundational instructions to humankind regarding the purpose of life and how to achieve ultimate success in this world and the next.
- The Caitanya Caritamrita, a nine volume Bengali biography of the life and teachings of Caitanya Mahaprabhu, the divine avatar who began the mission to spread Krishna consciousness.
- The Nectar of Devotion, a summary study of Rupa Goswami's classic Bhakti-rasamrita-sindhu, a detailed look at the science of bhakti-yoga, devotional service to the Supreme Person.
- Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Srila Prabhupada's complete commentary on the tenth canto of Srimad-Bhagavatam, describing the specific pastimes of Krishna Himself when He visited the earth.
When composing his own purports, Srila Prabhupada routinely consulted and included insights from other important authorities' commentaries, including the work of Baladeva Vidyabhushana, Rupa Goswami, Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakur, Sridhara Swami, and others.
The Bhaktivedanta Book Trust, established in 1972, exclusively to publish the works of His Divine Grace, has thus become the world’s largest publisher of books in the field of Indian religion and philosophy. His books, now being published in 57 languages, comprise over 80 volumes, with over a billion copies sold.
His books are available both at the Temple and online at: www.krishna.com/books