740614 - Letter to Acyutananda written from Paris

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Letter to Achyutananda Maharaj


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 14, 1974

My dear Achyutananda Maharaj,

Please accept my blessings. I beg to acknowledge receipt of your most recent undated, letter.

I am glad you have received my letter and mailed it to Swami Cinmayananda; so we shall see if they are able to help us so that we may enter Jagannath Puri Temple with our disciples.

Regarding your philosophical question, if the Bhagavad gita is part of Mahabharata which is considered smrti, how can we claim Bhagavad gita to be Gitopanisad, or one of the Upanisads which are sruti? Actually because the Gita is spoken by the Supreme Personality of Godhead it is sruti. But people take it as smrti because it is part of the Mahabharata. We take it as sruti as far as we are concerned. The purport of sruti is to make one advanced in understanding the Absolute Truth. Here the Absolute Truth is explaining personally, therefore the Gita should be taken as sruti. But they take it as smrti because it is part of the Smriti (Mahabharata). In one sense it is both sruti and smrti.

Please yourself and Mahamsama Swami work in full cooperation with Karandhara Prabhu who is leaving Paris today for Bombay. You may send him regular reports as he is taking over from Tamal Krsna Maharaj, as GBC of India.

Your ever well-wisher,

[signed]

A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami

ACBS/sdg

Hare Krsna Land
Nampally Station Road
Hyderabad, Andra Pradesh, INDIA