730725 - Letter to Gurudasa written from Bhaktivedanta Manor, UK
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami
Letchmore Heath, Herts., England
July 25, 1973
Please accept my blessings. I beg to acknowledge receipt of your letter dated July 20, 1973 and I have carefully considered the contents.
I am pleased to hear how you are completely absorbed in the project of our Vrindaban temple and taxing your brain how it can be carried out. I am also always praying to Krsna that He may give you intelligence to carry it out rightly.
If you let me know actually how much money will be required to complete the temple, then I can make some financial scheme so that you can quickly get money and finish the project. You and Tamal Krsna das Goswami can make an estimate and send it to me so that I can work on a scheme to arrange for that amount.
Regarding Saurabhaya, I think he can stay with you in Vrindaban designing, and he can also go sometimes to Hyderabad, as required, and then return to you.
Yes, I agree that you should construct the temple in sections and first should be the darshan mandap, the deity Garbha Griha etc. In this way if need be you can install the deity without other shelter.
Now Madhavananda and his wife have arrived. Kaushalya is an expert Deity worshiper and an important hand in our movement, so she and Yamuna, two sisters can be very useful in Deity worship there. Keep Kaushalya comfortable and she can be a great help. Madhavananda can be engaged in collections.
I think all respectable gentlemen will come and you can arrange for that. Our temple is the only Krsna Balaram temple in Vrindaban and it will be so attractive that people will automatically come and see. That quarter is aristocratic and our temple is unique. From Bombay and Delhi we can rent rooms in the temple. This is called bhetnama. Perhaps you may know. The room is used by the contributor for lifetime then it becomes again the property of the temple.
Our new disciple Hrisikesananda Swami has promised to collect money from Punjab for Vrindaban. Let him go to Punjab, leaving Calcutta. In this way all of you, Tejyous, Tamal Krsna etc., combine together collect and finish the project. I may try to help from other sources if I receive an estimate of the cost of the scheme.
Sriman Gurudas Adhikary