LettersLet’s Not Forget Our Humility. (06/05/01)
LettersSarasvatī Ṭhākura’s Understanding of Bhaktivinoda Thakura (06/07/01)

I Cannot Speak in the Presence of Two Different Mentalities. (06/06/01)

M____ Dāsa,

Hare Kṛṣṇa.

We now have confirmed the space for Your Boston program. It will be held at the Church of the New Jerusalem, right beside the State House, on Beacon Hill. I will be going there soon to determine how best to arrange everything. The pastor, Rev. S____ has asked to be allowed to attend.

That changes the focus of my talk completely. I want to talk to devotees about the spiritual necessity of a devotee and the misconceptions present in Iskcon. The presence of the reverend completely changes that. I cannot mix ‘apples and oranges.’

He is extremely favourable, and will not charge for use of the facility. P____, our friend at Iskcon Boston, personally made the request for the space.

That’s nice, but I cannot speak in the presence of two different mentalities at once. I will end up giving what’s called ‘a good Iskcon class’ and the devotees will go away thinking, “that was nice,” but not nice enough to realise that our mission is about something different.

I’m not inclined to the program, as I previously mentioned, if there is going to be people there from outside the realm of Kṛṣṇa consciousness. I also do not think that the church atmosphere is what we are looking for. Can’t we just find a room somewhere with something like a club meeting facilities? Hotels usually have such facilities where different types of clubs meet from time to time, or even a space at the university might do. What about some devotees house or apartment? That would be best. But speaking in front of the reverend does not attract my interest. That requires an inter-faith type of lecture, making bridges and establishing common ground. That’s not why I’m coming to Boston.

I want to speak freely, and war with the misconceptions in Iskcon is what I’m interested in preaching about. That will not look good in public and the presence of the reverend means it is a public type of gathering. So please try to change the venue to something that will be more conducive to my mood. (and no outsiders whatsoever.)

The package arrived yesterday. Please accept my heartfelt gratitude. The chaddar is already on my altar, wrapped in a fancy silk and gold cloth, right beside Your padukas. Your gift will be a permanent inspiration and incentive to serve You with increasing devotion.

You are supposed to wear it and show your love that way – not just look at it! When Śrīla Prabhupāda gave us something of his, he expected us to wear it. Unless it was his shoes. So please wear the chaddar, at least while chanting at home and on special occasions. It is a symbol of my blessings and affection for you.

Affectionately,

Swami B.G. Narasiṅgha

LettersLet’s Not Forget Our Humility. (06/05/01)
LettersSarasvatī Ṭhākura’s Understanding of Bhaktivinoda Thakura (06/07/01)