Navadwip Prabhu arrives today with some advance copies of the four books that he had reprinted in South India: Divine Guidance, Holy Engagement, Golden Staircase, and Inner Fulfillment. The quality of the printing and the binding is excellent (I thought they were printed in Singapore) and Srila Gurudeva is very pleased with them.
After inspecting them, Srila Gurudeva says: "It is good to have these books, because for some time we have not published any books." (It has been almost eleven months since the last book in English, Bhagavat Darshan—Revelation not Speculation, was published.)
Somebody said that many of the books have now been made available on the Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math web site as e-books and audio books, to give people all over the world an opportunity to read them.
"Yes, but books can go to the poor man's house. Not everybody can afford a computer to go on the Internet," Srila Gurudeva replied.
Srila Gurudeva's point is well taken: books are still the basis. The Internet may be a great preaching tool (and we do use it) but we must not forget that the brihad-mridanga (the big drum, or printing press) is the principal instrument for kirtan (preaching).