740610 - Letter to Balavanta written from Paris

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Letter to Balavanta


Tridandi Goswami<br< A.C. BHAKTIVEDANTA SWAMI

Founder Acharya:
International Society For Krishna Consciousness

CENTER: ISKCON Paris,
4 rue Le Sueur
Paris 16 France

June 10, 1974

My dear Balavanta,

Please accept my blessings. I am in due receipt of your letter dated June 6, 1974 and I have carefully noted the contents.

My point is that I cannot employ the society's money in political campaigning. Moreover it is illegal for the society which is a religious society to pay for political campaigns and would cause us to lose our tax exempt status. The alternative, to make a separate brain, separate funds, and separate manpower is a diversion from our spiritual goal. The other political parties are spending lavishly so how can we compete with them. We do not have enough money nor do I wish to spend our money in this way. Therefore I say it is better to stop. You say you plan to run for U.S. Congress. But for this, you can draw no money from the society. So your plan is utopian. Better concentrate on developing the brahminical qualities in the devotees there; that is more important than running for political office. I hope you understand my points.

Your ever well-wisher,

[signed]

A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami

ACBS/sdg

37 Thirteenth St., N.E. Atlanta, Georgia