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I've just read the article by Mrs. Debarati Datta (19/4), "The Magic of a Real Guru" and I greatly appreciate her analysis. I have two questions, however. First of all, how would you suggest that Westerners find a bona fide way of inquiring into the Vedic tradition? And secondly, have the teachings of the "liberal gurus" actually had any bad effects on Indian society today?

Dave Trivedi
Orlando, Florida


Our reply: Mrs. Datta directly answers your first question in her article. She says that she refers all her Western acquaintances to the books of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, which she has found sufficient to answer all her questions about spiritual life.

As for the effect of "liberal gurus," Mrs. Datta's article stresses more the overwhelmingly positive effect of Srila Prabhupada's life and teachings. But she strongly implies, of course, that a mere show of magic tricks, while temporarily impressive, won't help anyone fulfill the all-important human mission of cultivating knowledge of God and developing love for Him.

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Long Island, N.Y.

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