Reading is Crucial

Devotional service is so enlivening that any one of the nine processes, if perfected, can give us the highest benefit. Therefore reading (hearing) is very important. Srila Prabhupada said this about hearing: “If you become expert in hearing, that is as good as one who is engaged in any of the other eight processes or nine processes. That is stated in the sastra. Just like Pariksit Maharaja. He simply listened. He did not do any other process. Sri-visnu-sravane pariksit. They got liberation simply by executing one of the nine different processes. So Sri-visnoh sravane pariksid abhavad vaiyasakih kirtane. Pariksit Maharaja got liberation simply by hearing.” (Departure Lecture, London, 12 March 1975)