700417 - Letter to Balmukundji written from Los Angeles
A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami
Founder . Acharya:
INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR KRISHNA CONSCIOUSNESS
CENTER 3764 Watseka Avenue
Los Angeles, Cal. 90034
DATE 17th April, 1970
My Dear Balmukund ji,
Please accept my greetings. I thank you very much for your letter dated 11th April, 1970.
The Secretary of Sri R. D. Birla has replied my first letter, and I have also replied that asking him to supply immediately four pairs of Sri Murties, but so far I have not received confirmation. But I received no reply from Jaipuriaji, so I shall wait a few days more for his reply and then I may remind him.
I am very glad that the Kenya Indian friends are sympathetic with our Krishna Consciousness movement, so in future we may be able to take up the charge of the African Temples provided the Hindus or Indians fully co-operate with us. Actually this Krishna Consciousness movement, as you know it very well, is not specifically for any sect. Krishna is not for the Hindus only, He is for everyone, even for the animals.
Hindus generally are not so liberal, but Lord Caitanya is very liberal and he embraces anyone from any corner of the world provided he takes to the service of Krishna. This is a great missionary activities, so I am trying to execute this mission to the best of my capacity and if my Indian brothers, at least those who are outside India, will join with me and act according to my direction which is strictly on the Vedic way, then there will be tremendous success of this movement.
Your good self are an influential gentleman both in London and Kenya, similarly Sriman Becharbhai G. Patel, and Birlaji etc. [handwritten] are willing to contribute substantially, so why not join together in this Krishna Consciousness movement and construct an unique and imposing KRSNA [handwritten] temple in London, the most important city of the world. If you agree to this proposal, then I am prepared to work personally along with you for this temple construction work.
I am very glad to learn that you have begun to teach Sanskrit pronunciation to our students. Please see that they can pronounce very nicely the Sanskrit verses in Bhagavad Gita, Srimad Bhagavatam, Isopanisad, and Brahma Samhita, and teach them to chant conjointly as they chant Hare Krishna Mahamantra. In your class, the chanting of Hare Krishna Mantra must be done in the beginning and at the end. That will keep the spirit of the temple.
Hope this will meet you in good health.
Your ever well-wisher,
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami