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740817 - Letter to Kurusrestha written from Vrndavana
August 17, 1974
Krishna Balaram Mandir
Raman Reti, Vrindaban
Dist. Mathura, U.P.
Sriman Kurusrestha das Adhikary
1400 Cherry St.
Denver, Colorado 80220
My Dear Kurusrestha das:
Please accept my blessings. I beg to acknowledge receipt of your letter dated May 10, 1974 addressed to Rome, which has just reached me due to my travelling. I am very glad to learn of your success in Samkirtan travelling party. I think you have got good organizing talent for Samkirtan. Increase the classroom programs more and more. This is very important. Regarding the construction program Jayatirtha informs me that this has been stopped. Regarding the initiations I have accepted the following as my disciples on your recommendation. I am pleased to see that you are taking this matter of initiation seriously. Jack Brassfield –Vanecara; Donald Brandt – Dugdhapana; Jeffery Mennies – Setubandha; Christen Brett—Khandita devi.
I am also enclosing the sanctified sacred threads for Pancanand das, Viracandra das, and a mantra sheet for Bhaktapriya devi. So hold a fire sacrifice and impress upon the students that they are taking vows before Radha Krsna, the spiritual master, and the Vaishnavas. They must always chant 16 rounds and follow the regulative principles.
I hope this meets you in good health.
Your ever well wisher
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami