Nothing Good Can Come of This (04/26/07)
Daṇḍavats _____ Mahārāja,
That V____is of the opinion that R____ Swami can unify all the Italian devotees because they think he is so ‘kind and warm hearted’. The Italians are sentimental in that way. I personally don’t think he would take any real risk to help anyone and I told V_____ as much when I met him and his wife. R_____ is a love-bomber and an Iskcon man through and through.
Nothing really meaningful will come of your going there to meet him, and personally I would prefer that you did not go there. I would also NOT like to invite R_____ Swami to our center in Como.
V______and his wife are not actually following anyone. What they are following is their fears that they may lose something if they step forward and reveal that they have some attraction to the teachings of Śrīdhara Mahārāja. They are sentimental and think that Iskcon can be saved. In my opinion, if a person thinks like that then it means that they do not have the mercy of Kṛṣṇa. Real love means “Die to Live.” Tell them that if they love Śrīla Śrīdhara Mahārāja. then come out and stand for the truth. That is real life, but where they are now is Hell!
I have heard from VS that V_____and his wife think that I am too heavy — it is true, and it has kept us safe from the ramblings of fools for the past 20 years or more.
Remember some years back that devotee M______ had all sorts of plans to bring you and eventually me to preach in Iskcon. Then he wanted our devotees to come to Ratha-Yātrā, etc? But what came out of his plans other than disturbance in which some devotees became confused?
The bottom line is that I do not care for the arrangements being made by the wife of V_____ for you to go to Iskcon to see R____ Swami and in reality R_____ Swami doesn’t actually care to see you either. I would prefer that you do not go to Iskcon. Nothing good can come from it and I think that it is a bad step to set such a precedence.
All the preaching that we are doing at present in Italy is to devotees with a current or previous connection to Iskcon, but mark my words, there is always trouble when we get involved with iskcon devotees. If they come to us then we can preach, but going to them or to Iskcon is out of the question in my thinking. Better we keep a distance from Iskcon and cultivate our own program.
If V_______ and his wife choose to remain hidden in iskcon then that is their problem, and to get caught up in their plan-making is a mistake. Their idea is not coming from the higher plane to us. It is simply coming from the weak mind and the lack of understanding of a sentimental Iskcon mātājī and a weak-hearted husband who fears that Kṛṣṇa will not help him, and that without Iskcon he will not be able to fill his belly.
That is my opinion on the matter, but if you, J___ and _____ Mahārāja think otherwise, or that there is some purpose, then do what you think best.