680611 - Letter to Mukunda written from Montreal
AC Bhaktivedanta Swami
Acharya: International Society For Krishna Consciousness
CAMP: ISKCON RADHA KRISHNA TEMPLE
3720 Park Avenue
Montreal 18, Quebec, Canada
My Dear Mukunda,
Please accept my blessings. I thank you for your letter, (undated) and noted the contents carefully. As Woomapati has decided to leave Los Angeles, I would like that he may go to Santa Fe and help Subal there, because he is struggling alone there. I think you will also agree with me and try to send him there as there is great necessity of another Brahmachary to cooperate in that temple.
Regarding my visa: I think it is Krishna's desire that I shall go to England for the time being and start a center there which is long overdue. I wish to start for London latest by September 1, 1968 and I think you should prepare to go there by that time, otherwise it will be too cold in October and November. But if you go there in the beginning of September, then you may be aclimatized gradually. Your presence in the London center with other assistants will be great helpful, considering the fact that I wish to form a nice Kirtan party consisting of 12 heads-- 2 mridanga players, 1 harmonium player in melody, 1 tambura player, and at least 6 cymbal players. In this way 12 heads shall perform Kirtan very rhythmically and melodiously. The harmonium should be practiced just to follow the song; not simply for tuning. I think you can very well organize this Samkirtan party, and if we have a successful Samkirtan party, with me, backed by our books and literature, we can make a nice propaganda of this sublime movement in all the European cities. And if we are successful in Europe then we may go to other countries also in Asia. In India also if we go with this Samkirtan party we shall be very much welcome and there is great possibility of cooperation of the richer section of India. So I am thinking of organizing this nice Samkirtan party very seriously and you may also think in that way.
I have already heard that in San Francisco they are going to celebrate Rathajatra festival very successfully. In New York also they will perform this ceremony, and most probably here in Montreal the ceremony will be performed. The Montreal temple is very big and spacious, and there is good prospect for organizing this temple. So I shall try my best to organize this center with the cooperation of Indians here, and then I shall start for London.
You are learning some techniques about playing mridanga is very nice; that will help others also to know how to play. [Text Missing]