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770427 - Letter to Radha Ballabha from Tamal Krsna

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April 27, 1977

From: Tamal Krishna

Los Angeles

My dear Radha Ballabha Prabhu,

Please accept my humble obeisances. His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada heard your letter dated April 18th, 1977 and requested me as a BBT Trustee to reply the letter and send a copy of the reply to all the Trustees.

When His Divine Grace heard that you were able to save $5500.00 by removing some of the less essential devotees from the press, he commented as follows: “Henceforward, nobody should be appointed without my permission. Money is not so easy to get. In the BBT Trust it is clearly said that all of the funds are meant for printing and construction of temples. Not for salaries. Why have so many people been appointed without my permission? We do not want any salaried men. That is the principle to be followed. So many scientists are working and they do not take a single paisa. This extravagancy must be stopped immediately.”

Regarding the point about your flying to the printer to supervise color work, Srila Prabhupada immediately inquired: “In New York, can’t any devotee be found who can do this? This flying around is not good.” At our BBT Trustees meeting held recently at Mayapur, the second resolution reads as follows: “Radha Ballabha will train up Vipra Das in New York to oversee color printing done at Tandem Press.” This was resolved by all of the Trustees from around the world, so it is proper for you to try to follow their resolution. You point out that it is a savings that you are flying now. But would it not be even more of a savings if you can train up someone to be as qualified as you? It would be even a further savings, and this is what you should try to do.

I hope this finds you well.

Your servant,

Tamal Krishna Gosvami
BBT Trustee
Sriman Radha Ballabha dasa
c/o ISKCON Los Angeles

cc. To all BBT Trustees SL-770418-A