His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
Since its first publication in 1970, Krishna, the Reservoir of Pleasure, a collection of essays on the personality of God, has been widely distributed by Krishna devotees in many languages and in all parts of the world. The title piece was transcribed from a lecture that Srila Prabhupada gave in San Francisco in 1967 on a verse from the Srimad-Bhagavatam
“Sri Krishna, the Personality of Godhead, who is the Paramatma [Supersoul] in everyone’s heart and the benefactor of the truthful devotee, cleanses desire for material enjoyment from the heart of the devotee who has developed the urge to hear His messages, which are in themselves virtuous when properly heard and chanted.” (Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.2.17)
Srila Prabhupada makes the point that our nature—as pleasure-seeking, conscious persons—is identical with the nature of the Supreme Person. Once we awaken to our natural, spiritual consciousness by reawakening our relationship with the Supreme, our desire for pleasure can be most fully realized.
Srila Prabhupada himself had high hopes for Reservoir of Pleasure. When he received the first copy, he wrote to his disciples who had published it, “KRSNA, the Reservoir of Pleasure and Other Essays is so much attractive I think this book will be sold like hotcakes. Thank you very much.”