This is the original book from the first printing of 50,000 copies by
32 Tiffany Place
Brooklyn, NY. 11231
Printed February 29, 1972
on the Appearance day of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu
This book is composed of the introduction to the Srimad Bhagavtam and Srila Prabhupada’s “A short sketch of the life and teachings of Lord Caitanya, the preacher of Srimad Bhagavtam.” It was published as its own book in 1972 called the Transcendental Teachings of Caitanya Mahaprabhu with a short preface on page one by Srila Prabhupada’s disciples.
From the Preface of the book:
The transcendental teachings of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu offer a practical and scientific method by which anyone can easily develop love for the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krsna. These teachings, in their pure form, have been spread all over the world by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, to whom devotees of Lord Krsna and Lord Caitanya throughout the world offer their most humble and respectful obeisances.
Especially in the West, where the philosophies of impersonalism and voidism, presented in different ways, are enjoying temporary prominence, the culture of pure devotional service to the Supreme Lord appears to have been lost in the oblivion of time. Now Srila Prabhupada has appeared in the West to spread the Krsna consciousness movement introduced by Lord Caitanya in India 500 years ago and thus renovate the principles of pure devotional service.
Acting on the request of his spiritual master, Srila Prabhupada came to the United States in 1966 to propagate the teachings of Lord Caitanya, and now, due to his efforts, the Krsna consciousness movement is being increasingly recognized in its true light as a potent cultural movement for the respiritualization of all human society. Following exactly in the footsteps of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu, Srila Prabhupada has offered to everyone a method which is simultaneously simple and sublime. By his personal example and through the more than eighty centers of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness that he has established, Srila Prabhupada has taught the chanting of the Hare Krsna mantra as a simple and practical means for God realization in this age. Furthermore, by presenting a vast treasurehouse of spiritual literature in English translations and summary studies, Srila Prabhupada has established the Krsna consciousness movement of Lord Caitanya on the highest platform of science and philosophy. Specifically, Srila Prabhupada has undertaken the mighty project of translating into English all twelve cantos of Srimad-Bhagavatam, the cream of all the scriptural literature of the world.
By understanding the transcendental teachings of Lord Caitanya in their pure form, as given by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, one can achieve the perfection of human life.