Powerful Acarya in the Vaisnava world
"And what about the qualities he had? All devotional qualities he possesses. And that we can know him that he is great only by preaching. Less than 10 years. There is no history, no recording anywhere. Preaching in 10 years he has established this divine name everywhere. As is told in Mahaprabhu's future [prediction]. (His Divine Grace B.V. Puri Maharaj, ITV, Memories of Srila Prabhupada)
February 15, 1975, Mexico City
Srila Prabhupada's amazing contribution in spreading Krishna consciousness all over the world, beyond the frontiers of English speaking countries, is without precedent. February 15 was his fifth preaching day in Mexico City, in his second visit to the country, at the Hare Krishna temple in Mexico City.
His Divine Grace was an elderly gentleman, not long before he had recovered from serious illness in Vrindavana, India. Now he was around the globe in Mexico City, right on the opposite side of India, on the other side of the earth, moving with the energy of a young man. In other words, His Divine Grace's spiritual energy was bypassing body illness, showing his clear and pure mind in his translations and Bhaktivedanta purports, in his preaching to his disciples and guests, in his writing answers to all kinds of questions from his disciples, friends and well wishers of his movement by post. All this throughout one day!
That day Srila Prabhupada answered thirteen letters. Before that he has translating the Srimad-Bhagavatam from Sanskrit to English in the early morning, then walking in the nearby Chaptered Park, then greeting the Deities, Their Lordships Sri Sri Radhamadana Gopal, the presiding Deities of the Mexico City temple. Afterwards His Divine Grace accepted guru-puja, and after all that, Srila Prabhupada answered correspondence. Then His Divine Grace held a room conversation, and at the end of the day gave a Bhagavad-Gita class to his Latin American disciples and others from many parts of the world. His Divine Grace was a tireless preacher, all day long engaged in loving devotional service to Hari, Guru and Vaisnavas, all this, because he was an empowered Divine personality as some of his contemporaries wrote:
The following are the answers to the letters sent to Srila Prabhupada and His Divine Grace's replies from Mexico City were sent to India, and all over USA. He replied to the letters about all kinds of subject matters, to his disciples, to a Swami, to a scientist disciple, to a concerned Doctor, to a friend and well wisher. He addressed all kinds of subjects matters, from initiations, to becoming a pure devotee of Lord Krishna, to worshiping Gaura-Nitai at home, to reading and how much service you should do, investments, to getting married, healthy foodstuffs, prasadam or mercy of the Lord, not to manufacture some artificial process, relationships with friends, relatives and others, film making...
The interest rate here in the west is very low now, so I am thinking very seriously to invest about 410,000 dollars (approximately 32 lakhs rupees). I want to know immediately what kind of monthly interest I would receive if I was to put this amount in a fixed deposit for five years. Check with the big banks and find out what the highest interest rate would be. You can check with many of the big banks such as First National Bank, Punjab National, Central, Bank of India, State Bank of India, etc. Please see to this matter immediately without any delay and let me know by return post to New York Temple.
2.-To get married. Krishna... he will surely provide everything that you need...
Regarding your problem of not being able to get married, this is not the proper type of question to place before your spiritual master. I think you should discuss this matter with Rupanuga das. Anyway, you should be sure to follow all the regulative principles without fail and to chant at least 16 rounds daily. If you do these things, then in any position of life you will be satisfied. Krishna is fully aware of your every necessity and he will surely provide everything that you need for your bodily maintenance. You should have this kind of faith.
3.-Healthy foodstuffs... Prasadam or mercy of the Lord
Thank you for your kind suggestions and interest in our movement. In brief, I have always instructed my disciples to eat only healthy foodstuffs which will be beneficial for the body and mind. Not only that, but I have also instructed that whatever they eat must be first offered to the Supreme Lord Krishna for His pleasure and then they can take the remnants which are called Prasadam or mercy of the Lord. We are very practical. Whatever is necessary for the maintenance of the body and mind, we will accept.
4.-Relationships with friends, relatives and others
I have never said that my disciples should sever all relationships with friends, relatives and others, but sometimes an inexperienced devotee may do it out of fear of being too much attracted to the materialistic way of life by associating with such persons. An experienced devotee is strong enough not to be affected, rather he can help others to become purified by his association. For more information, I suggest you visit one of our centers there in California. Thank you again for your concern.
I have accepted the following for 1st initiation:...... Their beads may be chanted on by Satsvarupa Maharaja.
Be sure and help them become first class devotees by following all the rules and regulations, very carefully, especially, they must rise early for mangala arati, chant at least 16 rounds and attend class.
Your list of qualifications for choosing candidates for 2nd initiation is very good.
Worship Gaura-Nitai at home
Regarding Rudra dasa, he can worship Gaura-Nitai in his home. The most important element for their worship is the chanting of the Hare Krishna Mantra.
They can have at least one arati and whatever foodstuffs are prepared can be offered.
Regarding... and how much you should do... that has to be decided by each individual
Regarding my books, everyone should read. I am also reading. Everyone should be engaged 24 hours. That is the sum and substance. How much you should read and how much you should do other types of service, that has to be decided by each individual devotee. Eating and sleeping should be minimized -- not a single moment should be misused.
6.-Become a pure devotee of Lord Krishna… Be very careful to follow all...
You are very fortunate to be attending the Gurukula school. You please take advantage of it and become a pure devotee of Lord Krishna. I would like to come there very much and see all of my sons and daughters there. I will be coming sometime soon, maybe next time I come back to USA after the Mayapur and Vrndavana festivals. Be very careful to follow all of the regulative principles nicely and chant 16 rounds and study my books very deeply. This will make you able to go back to Godhead at the end of your life.
7.-Don't try to manufacture some artificial process
It is never too late to become Krishna Conscious. If you actually follow all of the regulative principles and chant 16 rounds avoiding the offenses, and attend the mangala arati and classes, then Krishna will see that you are sincerely trying to follow the real process of Krishna Consciousness. Don't try to manufacture some artificial process. The process I have already given. Now you simply have to follow it strictly and Krishna will give you all help.
8.-Train them to be first class
I am very glad to hear that your farm project in Mississippi is going on nicely. Develop it nicely like New Vrndavana.
I have accepted the two persons that you have recommended for 1st initiation...
Their beads can be chanted by Kirtanananda Swami. Train them to be first class devotees by following very strictly all of our rule regulations, chanting at least 16 good rounds daily.
9.-By this simple method... whatever problems you may have will seem insignificant
The problem that you are experiencing may have something to do with the drugs you were taking previous to joining our movement. Any way, you should try very sincerely to become a pure devotee of Krishna by following all of the four regulative principles and chanting at least 16 rounds daily, as well as rising early, attending mangala arati, attending classes, etc. By this simple method, you will be very strongly fixed in spiritual life and whatever problems you may have will seem insignificant. However, if you need medical attention, your temple president should make the necessary arrangement for your seeing a doctor.
10.-Book reviews… lecturing in the college classes
Thank you very much for sending the book reviews. Send more if you can. These are very very encouraging. I am keeping a collection of these reviews and I show them to big big scholars and professors when they come to see me. They are very impressed.
Regarding your lecturing in the college classes. This is a very good program also. Why not continue it?
11.-Whether one is male or female…
We are Vaisnavas. We are not concerned with male or female position in life. That is simply bodily concept of life. It is not spiritual. Whether one is male or female, it doesn't matter, simply chant Hare Krishna and follow the four regulative principles and your life will be perfect.
Regarding initiation, it is required that you be recommend by one of our temple presidents to me and then I shall consider it. First of all, one must have followed the regulative principle for at least six months without deviation. It is not necessarily required to live in the temple, but you must observe the rules.
12.- Feeling very happy in Krishna's service
Svarupa Damodara dasa,
I was very glad to receive your letter and to hear that you are feeling very happy in Krishna's service. I will be coming to Atlanta around the first week of March. Rupanuga prabhu has informed me that he will call a meeting of all the scientists in the movement at that time in Atlanta. So I will be seeing all of you there.
13.-Film making... Please try to keep yourself fixed in Krishna Consciousness by chanting...
San Pedro, California
I think in connection with film making, you should contact Yadubara das adhikari in Los Angeles temple. He can help you and give you advice as to how is the best way to work in this way. He is experienced in this field.
I understand from your letter that you are now in prison. Anyway, you can use such a situation as an opportunity for preaching Krishna Consciousness. I am very glad to hear that you have already distributed some books in prison. Please try to keep yourself fixed in Krishna Consciousness by chanting 16 rounds daily and following the four regulative principles strictly and reading my books very carefully. These things will keep you nicely in Krishna Consciousness so that wherever you are you will remain strongly fixed in the service of the Lord.
Thus ends the first part
Powerful Acarya in the Vaisnava world
February 15, 1975, Mexico, City
I am very glad to see you again
Srila Prabhupada second visit
To the Hare Krishna temple in Mexico City.
R.G. Tridandi Swami Bhakti Prapanna Parvata Maharaja
(Rama Govinda das from Guadalajara)
"Matha A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada", San Andres Cholula, Puebla, Mexico