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We May Be Bosom Friends, But at a Little Distance (09/23/01)

My Dear Śrīpāda ___ Mahārāja,
Please accept my humble daṇḍavat-praṇāmas. All glories to Śrī Śrī Guru and Gaurāṅga.

I have received your email below. Please excuse my late reply. Your words are filled with kindness towards me, and you are always full of affection that is how I always remember you.

Many things have come to pass since you have become a famous world ācārya. However, I cannot pretend in my mind that it will be as it once was when we were only simple sannyāsīs in Vṛndāvana. Kṛṣṇa came to Kurukṣetra as a conquering king, but those gopī people did not appreciate Kṛṣṇa when He was surrounded by His royal paraphernalia. It may be something similar to that.

Yet I cannot resist your humble plea to ‘close this chapter’ of misunderstanding between us. Therefore, from my side, please consider this chapter closed.

Since my coming in connection with Śrīla B.R. Śrīdhara Deva Gosvāmī Mahārāja many years ago, I have also come to appreciate the smaller/intimate association of the Vaiṣṇavas, and thus it has now become my natural tendency to avoid the larger groups. For this reason, I prefer to keep my minute individual identity and to remain aloof with my humble community of devotees.

You have had a tremendous success in the western world in the matter of recovering many lost souls, and even you have attracted some old retired sannyāsīs and many of my Gurudeva’s fallen disciples. This is wonderful indeed.

I do not mean any offence to any Vaiṣṇava, but it is my preference to not mix with many people and especially with people who have no fixed or proper conception, who are with you today and gone tomorrow. Therefore, although I am very happy to resume my old friendship with Your Holiness, I prefer to keep my position as it is, and we may be bosom friends, but at a little distance.

Kṛṣṇa willing, I shall be happy to met you in Vṛndāvana or at some future time when we are both preaching abroad.

In the meantime I hope this meets you well.

śrī-hari-jana-kiṅkara,
Swami B.G. Narasiṅgha

LettersYou Can Always Join With Me (09/17/01)
LettersObserving the Passing of a Family Member (09/26/01)