There Are No Bad Times – Only Lessons (06/07/06)
Dear A_____ Dāsa
I read your email below. Yes, we remember you from Boston. I think for all of us the Boston-Iskcon experience was more or less disastrous. We all went away from that time with a bad taste. But by Kṛṣṇa’s arrangement it was meant to be. There is nothing to lament. There are no bad times only lessons to be learned. We learned ours and since that time we do not encourage people with Iskcon ties to associate with us. Since adopting that policy (as we had before coming into contact with the Boston-Iskcon devotees) life has been blissful again and our mission and those in it are peaceful and doing well.
So that’s the criterion that you will have to adopt if you want to be counted as my “student” and a member of our mission forget your previous
sentiments for Iskcon. Whatever you have learned from Śrīla Prabhupāda’s books is great and some general instructions from the devotees but forget the rest! Make a fresh clean start with your spiritual life. Pick a new group of friends and stay away from the old ones. That would also mean H.H. B_____Goswami Mahārāja.
What to do in the positive sense to be my student? Read the books of Śrīla Śrīdhara Mahārāja and those of Śrīla Purī Mahārāja. Also study whatever articles you find on our website. Stay in contact with our devotees and our mission.
Who to avoid – most of Iskcon, all of X___Mahārāja’s disciples, and the bābās and sahajiyās from Vṛndāvana and Rādhā-Kuṇḍa.
If you want to be in contact also with one of my leading sannyāsī disciples, then you can contact G__ Mahārāja.
When you have developed a sense of commitment to our relationship then G__ Mahārāja will help you find some service. But being alone and at a distance will be problematic for you. Therefore, I strongly suggest that you make a plan to visit our ashram in India and get trained properly and develop an understanding what our mission is really about. Think it over.
Hoping this meets you well.
Swami B.G. Narasingha