741024 - Letter to Srutadeva written from Mayapur
REPLY: ISKCON BOMBAY
Sri Mayapur Chandradoya Mandir
P.O. Sree Mayapur, Dist. Nadia, W.B.
Sriman Srutadev das
2015 Q Street
N.W. Washington, D.C. 20009
My Dear Srutadev das:
Please accept my blessings. I am in due receipt of your Samkirtan newsletters No. 23 & 24. These statistics are very nice. I like very much to receive the report of my book sales. I think it also gives encouragement to the devotees who distribute the books. Here at Mayapur my guru maharaj was printing one paper. It was selling for only a few paise. Sometimes whenever one brahmachary would go to Nabadwip and sell even a few copies, I would see my guru maharaj become very much pleased. Even if the brahmachary was not a very important member, my guru maharaj would become very, very pleased with him. He personally instructed me that books are more important than big temples. At Radha Kunda he told me that since constructing the big marble temple at Bhag Bazar, there have been so many difficulties. Our men our envious over who will live in which room. I think it would be better to take off all the marbles and sell them and print books. He told me this personally. So I am always emphasizing book distribution. It is the better kirtan. It is better than chanting. Of course chanting should not stop, but book distribution is the best kirtan.
I hope this meets you in good health.