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Thank you very much for your regular delivery of Krsna conscious culture and color. Three things of inspirational note:
1. The article on Tulasi Devi by Govinda Dasi. This was especially helpful since we have several Tulasi plants at home. Very valuable information. We need a handbook on growing and caring for Tulasi. Do you know where we can get one?
2. The articles on the sacred places of India.
3. Those on past sadhus and acaryas in our disciplic line are very relish-able by me bringing the history and background of Krsna consciousness into the light and giving me roots, so to speak. I've never been to India, so this news and the pictures are needed to help me feel more connected.
Saranga Thakura Dasa
The Tulasi Handbook is available from Krishna Culture. (See page 62.)
A Call for Support
Your article entitled "ISKCON Celebrates 25 Years of Growth" (Nov/Dec 1992) included a testimony by a Mr. C. Patel, who was so grateful to the devotees of the Chicago Hare Krsna temple for their kindness and inspiration that he "repaid" them by writing a check for the balance of their mortgage. Thank you, Mr. Patel. I can't help but wish there were more people like you who, realizing the importance of the Krsna consciousness movement and meditating on what their own lives would be like without it, would take the responsibility of financially supporting their local Krsna temple.
I'm writing to encourage readers to donate regularly to the Hare Krsna temple or project of your choice. While not everyone can afford to pay the balance of a temple mortgage, everyone can sacrifice a little as an offering to the Supreme Lord, Sri Krsna, who is the source of all prosperity. There is no investment wiser, as its return is eternal.
Rupa Manjari Devi Dasi
Haiku, Maui, Hawaii
Bhakti Yoga Club Pleasing to Prabhupada
I greatly appreciate your efforts with BTG and think it has started to improve by leaps and bounds. Your service in this regard is commendable, and I hope for your continued progress and success with this most important publication. Surely Prabhupada would be pleased.
I would like to respond to Sangeeta Kumar of Toronto, Canada, whose letter appeared in the January/February issue:
Your desire to start a club to spread Krsna consciousness in your high school would be very much appreciated by Srila Prabhupada. Srila Prabhupada wrote to my brother around 1971, when he was in high school in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. My brother Richard had written to Prabhupada that his elder brother was an initiated disciple of Prabhupada and that he was now reading Bhagavad-gita and wanted to serve Prabhupada in some way. Prabhupada wrote back and told my brother that it would please him if he would start a Krsna club at school and teach the philosophy of Krsna consciousness. Richard went through the necessary steps to begin the club, and he was met with great derision and ridicule from his classmates, who taunted him to such a degree that at times he was near tears. Although the club gained very few members, my brother's sincerity and service were of the greatest benefit to himself and anyone he came in contact with. He left this world at the age of 21, and I'll never forget his love and devotion for Srila Prabhupada, although he never officially joined ISKCON. So you see, your service in this endeavor is directly sanctioned and appreciated by Srila Prabhupada. The benefits to you and to all you meet are incalculable.
The BTG is very wonderful. My wife and I eagerly look forward to each issue and relish it from cover to cover. Thank you.
Laguna Beach, California
Thanks to the Authors
I've been reading BTG since 1969, and the Jan/Feb issue really made an impression on me. I wanted to write to each author to express my thanks for writing such nice articles, but it's easier if you could just print this letter next issue. I'm certain others agree with me that this is the quality of BTG Prabhupada would be pleased with.
Visva Mohana Dasa
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