If a previous ācārya has already written about something, there is no need to repeat it for personal sense gratification

October 16, 2021 in Articles by Laksman dasa

ei līlā varṇiyāchena dāsa vṛndāvana

ataeva saṅkṣepa kari’ kariluṅ varṇana

SYNONYMS

ei līlā—this pastime; varṇiyāchena—has described; dāsa vṛndāvanaVṛndāvana dāsa Ṭhākura; ataeva—therefore; saṅkṣepa—briefly; kari’—doing; kariluṅ varṇana—I have described.

TRANSLATION

This incident has been described in detail by Vṛndāvana dāsa Ṭhākura. Therefore, I have described it only in brief.

PURPORT

This is a matter of etiquette. If a previous ācārya has already written about something, there is no need to repeat it for personal sense gratification or to outdo the previous ācārya. Unless there is some definite improvement, one should not repeat.: https://prabhupadabooks.com/cc/madhya/12/150