740720 - Letter to Satyabhama and Paramananda written from New Vrindaban, USA
New Vrindaban, Moundsville
Satyabhama Dasi and Paramananda das:
c/o New Vrindaban
My Dear Satyabhama and Paramananda:
Please accept my blessings. I beg to acknowledge receipt of your letter undated and have noted the contents carefully. If Kirtanananda Maharaj speaks what I speak, then he can be taken as siksha guru. Guru shastra sadhu. The spiritual master is one, that is a fact. Kirtanananda Swami may be taken as sadhu not spiritual master, or as instructor guru. I don't think he is saying anything against our principles, so what is the wrong?
You have written that the devotees here say that you cannot know me, but only Kirtanananda Maharaj can know me. But, if Kirtanananda is a disciple and he can know me, and you are also a disciple, why you cannot know me? I have no objection to your taking Kirtanananda's instruction. There is no harm in going through Kirtanananda.
You are both old disciples, so why you should be feeling any difficulty?
I hope this meets you in good health.
Your ever well wisher,
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami