760512 - Letter to Ramesvara from Pusta Krsna
May 12, 1976
From: Pusta Krishna
My dear Ramesvara Maharaj,
Please accept my humble obeisances. I beg to inform you that this morning Srila Prabhupada called both myself and Radhaballabha das into his room at 3:30 a.m. and described something which is very, very disturbing to His Divine Grace. Concerning the advertisement in the Asian Studies Booklet from I believe March, 1975, with which I know you must be familiar, there was one ad for Srila Prabhupada’s books, but it is obvious that His Divine Grace’s name was intentionally avoided in each and every instance. For example, in the quote from Professor Dimock, the name “A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada” was deleted, and in all the cases this was done. The format for advertising the other books in the Booklet was much more straightforward. In each case the author’s name, or translator’s name at least was mentioned. Why only in our ad was there “Intrigue.”????? Prabhupada mentioned that this intriguing is the cause of falldown, and His Divine Grace mentioned Bali Mardan and Karandhar in this connection, that they were also intriguing, and they fell down. Prabhupada said, “How will this movement be pushed on if you do not cooperate, if there is intriguing? But my main concern is that if there is intriguing then you go to hell, fall into the clutches of Maya. For myself I can give up this whole business of books and chant, but you can all go to hell if you are so persistent. What can I do?”
Also, two years ago you promised (Ramesvara das promised) Srila Prabhupada that you would put the name of Srila Prabhupada “founder-acarya His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada,” on the front of the BBT Press building. This also disturbed Srila Prabhupada. So all of these things are seen as intriguing by His Divine Grace, and it very much is displeasing Him. Prabhupada is not very satisfied to simply hear “I’m sorry.” He takes that this is a grievious problem. Why Ranadhir was allowed to place such an ad in that magazine. So I am trying to relate the mood of His Divine Grace’s transcendental anger, protector of real religious principles. If we consider the spiritual master as an ordinary person, then everything will be finished without doubt. The spiritual master is to be accepted, acaryamam vijaniyat, as the Supreme Personality of Godhead, because His instruction is Non-different. So we cannot minimize the instruction of Srila Prabhupada and expect that there will be hari-tosanam. Prabhupada said that Ranadhir should be removed from his post because of the grievious error, but then he asked, why didn’t others take notice. Didn’t Satsvarupa Goswami know about this also being a library project? In any case, I think that we must re-evaluate our policy with regards to glorifying the acarya. Prabhupada’s complaint is, “why all the intrigue?” This leads to falldown.
I hope that this will catch you thoughtful attention and some immediate steps can be taken to rectify these matters. Concerning Ranadhir, Prabhupada relented a little when he saw the tone of his letter that he was “regretful,” but His Divine Grace considers such mistakes as very serious and indicative that we cannot manage adequately. Ranadhir was obviously put into that post prematurely, and also these things must be checked, especially where there are changes being initiated. I hope that this finds you recovering from your hepatitis.
Pusta Krishna Swami