World Enlightenment Day: December 14th
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada!
What does it mean to be enlightened? It means to be out of darkness and in the light of Krsna consciousness. If we're facing the sun can we be in darkness? The material world is a dark place where the main interest in peoples mind is in trying to satisfy the senses which can never be satisfied, this means they've turned their face from Krsna to maya, darkness. To be in the bodily consciousness means to be in darkness, so practically the whole world is in darkness. Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu and Lord Nityananda have therefore come to take us out of darkness and to enlighten us. It is therefore said:
vande sri krsna caitanya
citrau sandau tamo nudau
"I offer my respectful obeisances to Sri Krsna Caitanya and Lord Nityananda who are like the sun and the moon. They have arisen simultaneously on the horizon of Gaudadesh to dissipate the darkness of ignorance and thus wonderfully bestow benediction upon all."
Lord Caitanya and Lord Nityananda have come to enlighten us in Krsna consciousness by benedicting us with devotional service. When there is a full moon rising in the sky the sun is just going down, so we'll never see a full moon and sun in the sky at the same time. But in the case of Lord Caitanya and Lord Nityananda, the full moon and the sun have simultaneously risen on the horizon of Gaudadesh to dissipate the thick darkness of Kali yuga that has covered the conditioned souls. The more we distribute books, the more the darkness will dissipate because Srila Prabhupada has received the full mercy of Lord Caitanya and Lord Nityananda.
It's unnatural for the soul to be in this dark place, it wants to be in the world of eternal light with Krsna in the spiritual world. But because people are covered by my maya they don't know this, but Prabhupada's books are SO powerful his words can remove the covering of maya and lift us out of the darkness. So at least on this one day of the Prabhupada Marathon, World Enlightenment Day, let's all go out and distribute these books that can enlighten the soul.
During this world enlightenment day lets try to enlighten the world with the reality that we are servants not masters, that we are spirit not matter, that we are meant to be enjoyed by Krsna not enjoyers of the blunt material senses and that no arrangement in the material world will bring us satisfaction but if we can make arrangements to satisfy Krsna then we will be satisfied.
If we have lots of people, some doing a little and some doing a lot, then a lot can be done. Just like little drops of water together make an ocean, similarly drops of our enthusiasm to distribute books, combined, make a strong sankirtan movement.