690721 - Letter to Balai written from Los Angeles
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami
International Society For Krishna Consciousness
CENTER: 1975 So. La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, California
My Dear Balai,
Please accept my blessings. I thank you so much for your letter of July 15, 1969, and I think of you very often that you are a most ideal devotee wife. Your husband, Advaita, is working very hard and nicely in Krishna Consciousness, and when the husband is executing his activities very nicely it is credit not only to the husband himself, but it is a credit to his wife also. In materialistic marriages generally there are too many troubles and frustrations because the basic principle for both the husband and wife is their own personal sense gratification. Therefore there is inevitable conflict and divorce petition. But in a Krishna Conscious marriage the basic principle is for both husband and wife to serve Krishna nicely and to help the partner advance in spiritual life. In this way both the husband and wife are true benefactors for one another and there is no question of any serious conflicts or separation. So I am sure that to have such nice parents who are devotees of Lord Krishna, your child Nandini is very, very fortunate. In Bhagavad Gita Krishna instructs us that for one to be born in the family of devotees means that such person was the most pious of all living entities. So raise Nandini very carefully in Krishna Consciousness, and surely Krishna will bestow all blessings upon you and your family. Regarding your question about the ceremony of offering Srimad Bhagavatam and some coins to your child, yes, this may be done. Several months ago this same ceremony was performed with Vishnu Arti, the daughter of Krishna Devi and Dinesh Chandra, and Vishnu Arti chose the Bhagavatam.
Please convey my blessings to the others. I hope this will meet you in good health.