Question: Did Srila Prabhupada encourage his followers to read Tulasi das’ Sri Ramacaritra Manas? We hear different opinions from devotees regarding what Srila Prabhupada actually said.

Jayapataka Swami: Srila Prabhupada had said that the Valmiki Ramayana was more authorized. That Tulasi das, somehow his verses are a bit impersonal or something. He liked Valmiki’s better. Tulasi das, he gave his presentation in Hindi, so it is very popular. Srila...