700208 - Letter to Mukunda written from Los Angeles
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami
International Society for Krishna Consciousness
CENTER:1975 So. La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, Cal. 90034
My Dear Mukunda,
Please accept my blessings. I beg to acknowledge receipt of your letter dated 2 February, 1970, and I have noted the contents. Regarding the big house, try to acquire this house according to my former instructions on hire/purchase system.
Regarding Temple management, I may inform you that Tamal Krishna may help you how to organize, but if you make him stay in one place and he cannot move to other places then the idea on which he was left in London--that he should see the development of the centers in France and Germany--will be jeopardized. As our branches are increasing it is necessary that somebody shall move from one place to another for improving the particular center's activities. Besides that, you have also requested to send Vishnujana to London, but you know that whatever improvement has been made in Los Angeles is due to the Samkirtan Party going outside the Temple. Madhudvisa and Jayananda have gone to San Francisco, and Tamal has gone to London. So out of the four leading boys of the Samkirtan Party, three are already out. So the remaining one's, Vishnujana's, presence is needed here. Gargamuni and Stoka Krishna are engaged otherwise, so Vishnujana is taking care of the new devotees as well as Kirtan Party. If, therefore, he also goes away, I think that the management here will suffer.
Tamal has certainly got valuable talent in dealing with outsiders, particularly with regards to arranging engagements, but I think that some of you also pick up his talents and then he will be free to move to other places so that they also may utilize his service. There are pending many important businesses in France and Germany, but if Tamal cannot go there on account of London's business, then their business will suffer. I think, therefore, that Tamal's services and talents should be learned by you and he may be allowed to go at least for a month to Germany and Paris and then come back to London.
The whole idea is that he may stay one month in London and then go out for one month to Paris and Germany and then come back again to London. In this way, when things are going on smoothly everywhere, then he can devote more time in London for other important things.
I have advised Hamsaduta to go to London and then to go to Germany for organizing Samkirtan. I could not follow the meaning of the last line of your letter, "We look forward to the day when You grace us with Your Holy Instructions for Lord Chaitanya's Samkirtan." If you mean by this line about the World Samkirtan Party, then I may inform you that for this purpose you will have to wait for some time more. The purpose of World Samkirtan Party will be to establish a center in each and every city and village of the world. This idea is taking practical shape in various centers. Just like you started for London Yatra and now after one year it has taken a shape, similarly in Germany also it has taken a shape, but in Paris it has not taken as yet. Therefore World Samkirtan Party means to establish a center everywhere we go.
I do not mean a concert party or musical party that may go to a city, have some performances and collect some money without any permanent effect. For this purpose the World Samkirtan Party should consist of members who can impress spiritual ecstasy in the hearts of the people so that some of them may come forward and agree to establish a center where the Samkirtan party may go on continuosly. [handwritten]
From Krishna das' letter it appears that in Germany there is good prospect for opening many centers. When you last went to Germany it was very effective. Why not first of all start a center in Paris and a few other centers in Germany and then think of the World Samkirtan Party on the basis of starting a center wherever you go. Both Tamala and yourself, Gurudasa and Shyamsundar think over this idea, and in the meantime, as you are yourself a musical instructor, you can teach the newcomers in the Kirtan performance for future program.
Hope this will meet you in good health.
Your ever well-wisher,
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami
Sriman Mukunda das Adhikary
7 Bury Place
London W.C. 1