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710902 - Letter to Sivananda written from London

Letter to Shivananda

Tridandi Goswami
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami

CAMP: ISKCON; 7, Bury Place, London, W.C. 1; ENGLAND
2nd September, 1971

My Dear Shivananda,

Please accept my blessings. I beg to acknowledge receipt of your letter dated 29th August, 1971 and have noted the contents. Varnaprasta ashrama can be taken even in the presence of the wife. Not that because your wife has left you have to take varnaprasta. That depends on your choice. In one sense if your wife has actually left you it is a blessing. Better to prepare yourself for sannyas rather than varnaprasta.
Nara Narayan Rishi is there but you will not be able to find him.
If there is the possibility of regular worship then you can install Jagganath Deity. Otherwise don't do it. Not that there should be a repeat of the situation in Hamburg that the Deities were taken away. Unless there is solid temple arrangement I don't advise you to install the Deity. Deity installation means regular worship without fail and for good. Just like in Jagganath Puri. That temple was established over thousand of years ago and it is still going on. Always they have prasadam ready for at least a thousand people and bhoga is offered 56 times in a day.
Please offer my blessings to the others. Hoping this will meet you all in good health.

Your ever well-wisher,

A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami


c/o ISKCON Berlin