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740816 - Letter to Abhirama written from Vrndavana
Krishna Balaram Mandir
Raman Reti, Vrindaban Dist. Mathura U.P.
August 16, 1974
My Dear Avirama das:
Please accept my blessings. I beg to acknowledge receipt of your letter dated July 15, 1974 and have noted the contents. I have accepted the students upon your recommendation as my initiated disciples. Their spiritual names are as follows:
David Milo Cramer—Dhruva das
Ernest Czwal—Drsta das
John Paul Gribble—Jagatsakha
Joseph Cyril Streb—Sarvopama
Farnie Spottswood—Srutirupa devi dasi
As you have suggested, you may hold a fire sacrifice and the beads may be chanted upon by Rupanuga Prabhu. You should impress upon the new disciples that they are taking vows before Radha and Krsna, the spiritual master, and the Vaisnavas. They must always chant at least 16 rounds daily and avoid the four sinful activities.
I hope this meets you in good health.
Your ever well wisher,
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami
His Grace Avhirama das Adhikari
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