Prabhupada Letters :: 1973
a.c. bhaktivedanta swami

30 June 2007
Saturday, 30 June, 1973  


My dear Cyavana,

Please accept my blessings. I beg to acknowledge receipt of your letter dated 22 June 1973.

We had previously received copies of the Swahili language publication of Topmost Yoga System from Brahmananda Swami and it is very nicely done. This printing and distribution of our literature is most important aspect of our propaganda work.

Yes, send me 2,000 of the stampless aerogrammes on my own letterhead.

I have already mailed my acceptance for your initiation into sannyasa order to Brahmananda Swami, along with sannyasa robes etc., and you should shortly receive same.

Your ever well wisher,
A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami


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29 June 2007
Friday, 29 June, 1973  


My dear Karandhara,

Please accept my blessings. I beg to acknowledge receipt of your letter dated 6/19/73 and I have carefully studied the contents.

As far as the $10,000.00 due from Syamasundara, he has come to me in Mayapur and he has promised to pay in July.

It is very encouraging to hear the arrangement you are making for worship of Their Lordships Sri Dvarakadhisa and Rukmini. Please do it very nicely and I shall be glad to see the completed result.

You will be glad to hear I am feeling 80-90% fit again. I am translating, lecturing and taking morning walk and eating regularly.

Hoping this finds you in good health.

Your ever well wisher,
A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami


P.S. If you have received 3 checks for deposit in my a/c.

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29 June, 1973  


My dear Hamsaduta,

Please accept my blessings. I beg to acknowledge receipt of your letter dated 21 June and I have carefully studied the contents, including photos of posters from the festival in Heidelberg.

Your report is very encouraging to me. The communists by dry philosophy have spread practically all over the world. We are holding festivals, feasting, philosophy and salvation--why shall we not spread our influence and overthrow them? Regarding your plan to travel around the world staging such Hare Krsna Festivals-- es, do it, you have my blessings.

Your progress in translating work is very nice. It is actually most important of all that this translating of books is going on at the same time as the festivals. I have seen the photographs of your festival blocking the traffic and I am very much encouraged. The pictures should appear in all languages and you should write an article for BTG.

The devotees recommended by you for initiation I gladly accept and their new spiritual names are as follows:

Richard--Sutapa das;
Rolf--Sudesna das;
Erich--Citravesa das;
Otto Karl--Niskrodha das;
Jesshardt--Nispapa das;
George--Gopesh das;
Ruth--Ramya dasi;
Margot--Mrdani dasi;
Karsten--Kuruksetre das;
Renata--Ratipriya dasi;
Rolf (Hamburg)--Nirahamkara das;
Andreas--Asvasena das;
Ditmar--Aya das;

As far as the GBC meeting is concerned I must be there wherever they meet; therefore we must meet at least once a year in Mayapur. Not only GBC shall meet but many devotees from all parts of the world. In Mayapur we now have facilities to accommodate more than a thousand people.

We have a four story building and enough space so that even on the balcony we can accommodate thousands apart from the rooms. There are all marble floors and there is always natural ventilation. At least next March we must meet together. We have in Mayapur a doll-making department and we are manufacturing mrdangas also. If possible, some of your men may be sent there to learn these two works.

For yourself you should make your next attempt in Moscow, if it is possible. I am going to London. So if convenient you should come and we can meet there.

I see that Himavati is busy in distributing prasadam--send some for me. Now you have a proper field husband and wife, please do it nicely. Your transcendental competition is there in Shayamasundar.

I want to see who will come out triumphant. Hope this finds you in good health.

Your ever well wisher,
A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami


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28 June 2007
Thursday, 28 June, 1973  


My dear Jaya Hari,

Please accept my blessings. I am in due receipt of your letter dated 25 June along with the wonderful literature, Rathayatra '73, London Summer Festival.

The collage of the pictures and the articles in the magazine have been wonderfully set up and I very much appreciate it. I can understand from your attempt that you are doing something wonderful this year. So I think I must accept your invitation.

So far my health is concerned, by the Grace of Krsna I have improved very much, about 90%.

In the meantime I received one telegram from Syamasundara: "Flying London Wednesday will Telex your tickets Thursday. BOAC Calcutta office." Therefore as soon as I get the tickets I shall try to reserve my seats and reach London as early as possible before 8 July.

Thank you very much for your enthusiasm. Offer my beloved blessings for all devotees who have signed the invitation album. I shall enjoy their company when I meet them. I wish to visit the other branches in England.

Invite all members of our European centers and make the ceremony very very successful by combined effort.

Your ever well wisher,
A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami


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letters | 16:55 |

28 June, 1973  


My dear Jadurani,

Please accept my blessings. I beg to acknowledge receipt of your letter dated June 18 and I have carefully studied the contents.

I am very glad to hear you have begun paintings for Caitanya Caritamrta because we will require many illustrations.

Re your questions: During Krsnadasa's time there was no Radharani deity, Madan Mohan was alone. Radharani was later introduced. The temple of Madan Mohan was formerly on high level, that is, the original old temple. It is still existent and can be seen side by side with the new Madan Mohan temple.

You can write to Gurudasa in Vrndabana to send you two photos of the old and new temple. I will also write him requesting he send such pictures.

No, Haridasa Pandit is not the namacarya Haridasa Thakura. Haridasa Pandit was the pujari of the temple. As far as the old Govindaji temple is concerned, that is now rejected. It is now newly situated. Both the old Govindaji and Madan Mohan temples were desecrated by the Mohammedans and partly destroyed, but Govindaji deity was removed.

The old temples are rejected and these temples are both now newly situated as you will see in the photos. No, there was no Radharani in the temple of Govindaji then; she was later introduced. Yes the deities can be painted similar to the way they are dressed now.

There is not much difference in the robes of mayavadis and Vaisnavas, but they generally use a deeper color and we use lighter saffron. Lord Caitanya did not necessarily wear the mayavadi robes. He carried ekadanda, but that is covered by the cloth, they have one rod, we have four rods. But they look the same. Yes, Lord Caitanya carries a water pot.

If you sincerely pray to Krsna, He will help you to paint quicker and better. Hoping this meets you in good health.

Your ever well wisher,
A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami


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letters | 16:54 |

28 June, 1973  


My dear Tamala Krsna Maharaja,

Please accept my blessings.

Please let me know how much you have deposited in the BBT account since you have taken a loan of 1 lac 50,000 on the Mayapur scheme. I have advised Gargamuni Maharaja to deposit part of his collection to the BBT account against the loan.

The BBT is in the Gwalior Tank Road Branch, Central Bank of India, but Gargamuni Maharaja says you have opened another account in the Indian Overseas Marine Lines.

Please let me know what is this idea? I never knew of it.

Your early reply will be much appreciated.

Your ever well-wisher
A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami


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25 June 2007
Monday, 25 June, 1973  


Dear Tamala Krsna Maharaja,

Please accept my blessings.

Recently Mr. Brijmohan Mohata, along with his wife, niece and other family members, came to see me at Mayapur. He is very much pleased with our movement. He has given me one idea to educate our men in Hindi, Marathi and Gujarati for preaching work in the interior part of Bombay. I think it a good suggestion.

If you are really serious in this matter you can immediately engage some of our men to learn these different languages. He has already given us a place to stay and for this proposal he will continue his patronage. So try to execute this part of our propaganda immediately.

Another point is that some friends suggest here that because I am the chief man and signatory in the Sales agreement, and as I did not cancel the agreement with Nair, I have the right to revive.

Anyway, there is a suggestion by Syamasundara that I may go to London for meeting very important men there in the new house given us by George.

Regarding your complaint that Syamasundara was canvassing some of our Indian workers to go to London, that I have already stopped. So there is no cause of anxiety in this regard.

Finally, I want to make some definite settlement of Bombay affairs before I return to Europe or America. If there is a suitable place for me to stay for a few days in Bombay I can go there immediately and from there I may go to London.

So far my health is concerned I think I am 80-90% fit to move so there is no cause of anxiety.

Your ever well-wisher,
A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami


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