760928 - Letter to Jayapataka written from Vrndavana
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami
International Society for Krishna Consciousness
CENTER: Shri Krishna Balaram Mandir,
Chattikara Rd., Raman Reti,
Vrindaban, Mathura U.P.
DATE 28th September,1976
My dear Jayapataka,
Please accept my blessings. I am in due receipt of your letter dated 23rd inst. and have noted the contents. Regarding the Haridaspur land, first give the site plan and boundary statement and then we shall make plan with Saurabh. Yes, Gaur-Nitai Deities can be installed firstly as we generally do, also Lord Jagannath and then Radha-Krishna, in three compartments. Formerly the construction was estimated at Rs. 50,000/-out of which Rs. 10,000/-is already with Prabhu Swarup, Rs. 10,000/-we shall see for and Rs. 30,000/-shall be raised. If further investment is required that we shall see to it, but presently Rs. 50,000/-is maximum. Thakura Haridas's murti can be installed.
Regarding our proposal for West Bengal: West Bengal people may come and join us without any distinction of caste and creed. The occupation will be according to one's capacity. They will be employed in cottage industry backed by spiritual advancement of life, to understand the mission of human life or relationship with God and act accordingly. The idea is that we are prepared to give all facility for maintenance of the body without sinful activities like illicit sex, meat-eating, intoxication and gambling. Everyone should live peacefully in healthy condition of life with the purpose of advancing in spiritual consciousness. In this concept we can accept anyone from any part of the world, what to speak of West Bengal, and give them shelter, food, occupation and enlightenment. I had no contact with Chief Secretary.
Regarding handloom, can they not produce fine cloth? Fine cloth will be received in any part of the world. Regarding food distribution, they may come to take at our Temple. With travelling sankirtan we can distribute wherever we go, but not to the emergency spot, like that.
Who is managing Bengal Bhagavat Darshan? Raghunath Kundu (Radhe Syamsundar) has come here, and he is now first initiated. He can be used for this preaching work, he's willing. I understand the visitors in our Temple have increased on account of the propaganda. Have we increased distribution of Gitar Gan or not? Yes, whenever strong and probable false statements are made against ISKCON are made, we can take defamation case against them. I have given one statement in English,* Bengali and Hindi which I will send you, this may be published through the English and Bengali Press Trust of India (PTI). Sravanananda has a film on the last New York Rathayatra, so show this in every town, city, and village and present my statement in Bengali.
ENCLOSED HEREWITH [HANDWRITTEN]
International Society for Krishna Conciousness
Letter to Jaypataka Swami Contd
Radhe Syamsundar is coming there to help, and I will send some newspaper clippings. Go on with our regular work and chanting. You can also show our book distribution figures from Sankirtan newsletters.
You are open to enquire anything from me. There must be my consultation in everything. Who is main acharya after departure of Tirtha Maharaj?
I hope this meets you in good health.
His Holiness Jayapataka Swami,
Sri Mayapur Chandrodaya Mandir,
P.O., Sri Mayapur, Dist. Nadia,
W. Bengal, INDIA
ENCL: 3X Newspaper Clippings
1X copy of Bengali statement [HANDWRITTEN]