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ISKCON 50 Meditations: October 26, 2015

By: for ISKCON News on Oct. 26, 2015

Srila Prabhupada received a reply to his letter to Tirtha Maharaj in Calcutta.  Prabhupada explained his hopes and plans for staying in America, but he stressed that his Godbrothers would have to give him their vote of confidence as well as some tangible support.  His Godbrothers had not been working cooperatively.  Each leader was more interested in maintaining his own building than in working with others to spread the teachings of Lord Caitanya around the world.  So how would it be possible for them to share Prabhupada’s vision of establishing a branch in New York City?  They would see it as his separate attempt.  Yet despite the unlikely odds, he appealed to their missionary spirit and reminded them of the desires of their spiritual master, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura.  Their Guru Maharaj wanted Krishna consciousness to be spread in the West.  But when Prabhupada finally got Tirtha Maharaj’s reply, he found it unfavorable.  His Godbrother did not argue against his attempting something in New York, but he politely said that the Gaudiya Math funds could not be used for such a proposal.

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