Srila Prabhupada Letter to: Sukadeva — Ahmedabad 13 December, 1972
Please accept my blessings. I beg to acknowledge receipt of your kind letter
dated November 13, 1972, and I have noted the contents with great care. I am
so glad to receive your report after such long time, and it appears that
everything is improving more and more, by Krishna's grace. I like this idea
of distributing books and preaching, that is Lord Caitanya's plan, and
because you are doing it so nicely you are already making the greatest
contribution, so what need there is for some special instruction from me?
But if you want, I must give, because you are serving Krishna so nicely,
so in that case my request to you is that you enter into the universities
and colleges wherever possible and preach there with a view to recruiting
some first-class devotees for helping me manage and push on this movement
all over the world.
Overall there is shortage of first-class, experienced men to manage things
just to the highest standard, as you are doing. Therefore I am calling upon
you the big leaders to push this idea forward, namely, to attract some
educated men to join us. The idea is that they will only agree to join us
if we ourselves conduct ourselves intelligently by the preaching approach.
The secret will be to engage them as they like to be engaged, that is,
supposing I have got some education, I am business student, or I have got
some skill or talent, I am typist or musician or something like that, so
I will like to utilize these things for Krishna only if I am encouraged
in a certain way, very tactfully, and I must not be discouraged by too
much forcing me at first to accept everything of shaving the head, rising
very early, going for street sankirtana, like that.
No, let me come gradually, let me study also Krishna Consciousness and
see how it is practical and sublime. Gradually I may get some taste for
these other things and agree to do them voluntarily and intelligently. We
are not dogma or like army-camp, no. We are servants of Krishna, that
means because we understand that Krishna is our Protector under all
circumstances, we have no more any anxiety, so we become very liberal
and tolerant of all kinds of seeing others' sinful activities, and we
see them innocent victims of maya, and we try to help them understand
what is the real position of life.
So you know this art, how to attract and engage men, so aim yourself
at the top-class of men and give them every opportunity and facility to
become convinced of our philosophy and engage themselves to their
satisfaction. That will be the best contribution.
Now spread this idea also to the other leaders. So now I do not think
there will be any difficulty for you to fill your Seattle centre with
the best devotees in our Movement, and then I shall be very glad to
come there at next opportunity to give them all my personal instruction.
In this way, appeal yourself to the high class of men, not the mass.
Mass, too, we do not eliminate anyone, but if best men are there to run
on things, mass will follow later.
"Handwritten: Sukadeva- Kindly xerox and distribute copies of this letter
to all temple presidents, GBC, sannyasis, etc. O.K.? SDA"