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760129 - Letter to Dr. W.H. Wolf-Rottkay written from Mayapur

Letter to Dr. Wolf

P.O. Sreedham Mayapur,
Dist. Nadia, West Bengal

29th January, 1976

My dear Dr. Wolf,

Please accept my blessings. I beg to acknowledge receipt of a copy of a letter sent to Sriman Vedavyas dated January 14, 1976.

Mundane books are written by imperfect persons. Everyone has his own theory, which means he is imperfect. The Srimad Bhagavatam says if there is a real presentation of spiritual understanding, then even if it is presented i broken language, it is accepted by high, saintly persons, because it glorifies the Supreme Person. On the other hand, if literature is highly metaphorically composed, if it does not glorify the Lord, it is compared to a place inhabited by the crows.

Actually, if some literature doesn't carry any real knowledge, what is the use of ornamental language? We are not interested in presenting ornamental language.

In India the system is that people go to see the Jagannath Deity. The Deity is not very beautiful from the artistic point of view, but still people attend by the thousands. That sentiment is required. Similarly with our kirtan we are only using drums and kartals, but people come to the point of ecstasy. It is not the ornamentation, it is the ecstasy. This ecstasy is awakened by sravanam kirtanam by devotees. I hope this makes everything clear.

Hoping this meets you well.

Your ever well-wisher,

A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami

Dr. W.H. Wolf-Rottkay
12915 Venice Boulevard, Apt. 37
Los Angeles, California 90066