When the Good Becomes the Enemy of the Best!

By Ajit Krishna Dasa

I have been asked to share some of the realizations I’m having while doing my Nectar of Instruction and Sri Isopanisad marathon (I have a goal of reading/listening to each of them 100 times. It’s mostly listening).

Prabhupada is our savior and that everything we need, and even more, is in his books. Prabhupada’s books are our primary source of information and inspiration. They should be!

But sometimes we get carried away and start to read all kinds of other devotional books by this devotee or that devotee or this swami or that swami. These books are usually very good and there’s no harm in reading them so long as–and this is very important–it’s not at the expense of reading Prabhupada’s books.

Recently I read the following by a Christian philosopher and theologian:

“Having acquired a clear grasp of your priorities, it’s very important to cultivate the personal character trait of single-mindedness. By that I mean the ability to discern the difference between the good and the best and not to let the good become the enemy of the best. There are so many distractions in life, and many of them are genuinely good things. But if our desire is be as productive as we can, then we must learn to shun the good for the sake of the goal on which we’re focused.” [Dr. William Lane Craig]

So even though all these other devotional books are very good, they are not the best. Prabhupada’s books are the best, and we should be very careful of not letting what is good become the enemy of what is best. In other words, we should not read other devotional books at the expense of reading Prabhupada’s books.

We have a problem if we loose contact with Prabhupada because we read other devotional things. So please, please please stay in close contact with Prabhupada by reading, listening and studying his books at least one hour everyday and please pray that a fallen devotee like me will also be able to continue this vow.

And now stop reading this text and get back to Prabhupada’s books!!!

Your aspiring servant,

Ajita Krishna Dasa