720502 - Letter to Giriraja written from Tokyo
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami
Date: May 2, 1972
Camp: ISKCON Tokyo (reply ISKCON Honolulu)
My dear Giriraj,
Please accept my blessings. I beg to acknowledge receipt of your letter dated April 20, 1972, and I have noted the contents. So you have paid Mr. Bhuther Rs. 10,000, but you have built a temporary pandal for Rs. 1500/-, and all of the materials can be re-used so just see how much money you have wasted on this pandal. No one followed my instructions in this matter, as I repeatedly advised to build a semi-permanent pandal from corrugated iron sheets, and now so much money has been lost. I have got some reports that the deities in Bombay are being much neglected. This is most abominable affair. Radha and Krishna should not ever be neglected or left unprotected, so I am wondering what you have done to rectify this situation. I have heard that Madhudvisa intervened to get the deities better place, so he has done nicely. Also I have got complaint from Naranarayan that he is not being allowed to work on his gardening as I instructed him to do it. So you let him go on with that work of gardening; sometimes he may be difficult to live with, but good manager means he is able to satisfy everyone and live in co-operative manner with all the devotees, so if you manage things nicely he can do tremendous work. Practically no one has more energy than Viswakarma. So let him do gardening work and if Bhavananda needs his help to build Rathayatra car he can go to Calcutta for some time to work there. I have not got any plans from Saurabha, though I requested him many times, only I have got two sketches from the architects in Chayavana's letters Saurabha was going to sketch the interior of Govindaji's temple and make plans for Vrindaban also, but he has not sent, so I do not think he is yet very reliable.
I am very much pleased about the children's classes. These are very, very important programme, so let it go on nicely, even if Madhudvisa leaves there. I have heard that some men have come from USA, so if Gurudas needs some help, some can go there to help him. Also, Gargamuni wants to form a travelling party for raising funds, so some men can be given him, not more than four.
You may offer my thanks to Sumati Morarjee for giving us some sofas and chairs. So far books are concerned, don't reduce the price on hard-back Krishna Book unless there is vast increase in sales by making cheaper. But I do not think that if you reduce the price for Krishna Book hardbound that more people will buy it. You can send report if making cheaper has sold many more books. But if someone wants Krishna Book cheap, they can purchase our paperback edition which has been sent to India from Japan recently. Mr. Deewanji has done very nice service for Krishna, please offer him my heartfelt thanks. Always consult with him on these matters before doing anything. You can form the Hare Krishna co-operative so we shall avoid the stamp tax, that's all right. So far CCP permission is concerned you should be more in correspondence with Gurudas in this matter, as I have sent him all the details and he has assured me that getting the license will not be at all difficult from Delhi.
Hoping this will meet you in good health.
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami
Giriraj das Brahmachary
c/o ISKCON Bombay