670829 - Letter to Satsvarupa written from Vrndavana
Dear Satsvarupa, [handwritten]
9/67 [unclear] [handwritten]
Please accept my blessings. I am so glad to receive your first letter to me in India, and also to receive your contribution of $10. You are always "first" in contributions, and therefore your contribution is also the first to come from the American centers. It is stated in the S.B. that the best use of the human form of life is to serve Lord Krishna by one's life, resources, intelligence, and words; so you are all good souls, especially your example is very nice, for you have practically given your life and soul all to K.C.; you are utilizing your resources for the society, and you are using your intelligence and words for the furtherance of K.C. So I very much appreciate your effort, and surely Krishna will bless you more and more, and you will feel it yourself. I am very glad to learn that you have finished editing the T. of L.C., and if you send me copies by post, I will immediately begin printing here. I am so encouraged that one branch in N.M. and one in Boston are opened, even in my absence. This is wanted. Physically I may be present or not; but the work must continue. Our Guru Maharaj injected His Spiritual Vision in some of us, and the work is continuing in different branches, as far as possible by Bon Maharaj, Tirtha Maharaj, my humble self and others. Similarly in the Western world, Krishna has sent me some good souls like you, and I hope, even in my absence, that the spirit of K.C. will be spread.
You will be glad to know the Kirtanananda is now Tridandi Swami Kirtanananda. I have made him a sannyasi yesterday on the birthday of Lord Krishna, and it was unexpectedly a very successful ceremony. The moment he was being offered sannyas there was some ceremony of Janmasthmi in the temple, and hundreds of men and women congratulated the young sannyasi. Somebody remarked that he looked like Lord Chaitanya. He will be going back to the States very soon; in the meantime I shall try to utilize this "white sannyasi" for recruiting some members in India, and then he will go back. His field of work is certainly there; but if he can be used here also, I will try for it.
I can assure you your steady progress in K. C., as you are sincerely trying for the cause of K.C. In the conditioned stage there is every possibility of being mistaken; but Krishna will always protect us if we are sincere; even if there is a gross mistake, Krishna forgives his servant who is very sincere; so go on working sincerely and Krishna will protect you always. Kindly made Boston center very nice. The prospect there is very good, due to the large number of students.
Your ever well-wisher,
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami