Prabhupāda’s Blessings

What follows is the correspondence between Garuda Das Kavirāja and His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (through his various secretaries):

August 1, 1977

Dear Srila Prabhupada:

“I offer my most humble obeisances to You with great awe and reverence. I have actually seen with my own eyes the powerful effect that Your presence on this earth has made on all conditioned souls, especially on those of the academic community. They are gradually appreciating Your inundation of love for God…”

“Within the last year, I completed a master’s degree program at The University of Chicago. [Titled, “Axiological Analysis in Phenomenological Method: A Study of the Hermeneuetic Task in Comparative Religion”] . . . Therefore, I have enclosed a copy of the thesis which I submitted to the University, and I beg You to please accept it as an offering…”

“I am begging for Your mercy to be able to preach more successfully and vigorously now that I will be attending Harvard University this coming year. . . . Being around the scholars, I am fully aware that they are gradually increasing their appreciation for this movement…”

Your eternal servant,

Garuda Das Adhikari

August 10, 1977

My dear Srila Prabhupada:

Namo om . . .

“By now you may have received the master’s thesis of Garuda das Adhikari, which received the grade of “A” from the University of Chicago. We have been planning his program in order to get him into Harvard where he can make a name for our Society. He was chaplain at Northwestern University in Chicago and hopefully he can do the same at Harvard. Our idea is to establish the pure theism of Lord Caitanya at Harvard, vanquishing the Christian monopoly on theology. Garuda das is a very good scholar and a perfect gentleman and he will make a good impression in the intellectual community. He will [be] coming to India shortly…”

Your most fallen disciple,

Rupanuga das

August 22, 1977

My dear Rupanuga Prabhu,

Please accept . . .

“After hearing your whole report . . . Your package has really made His Divine Grace enthusiastic. “

Your servant,

Tamal Krishna Goswami, Secretary

August 23, 1977

Dear Garuda,

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupad! Srila Prabhupad has received your letter of August 1st, 1977.

. . . Srila Prabhupada heard your letter . . . and was pleased to know how you are preaching on such a high level . . .

From my own association with Srila Prabhupad I am impressed how much He takes seriously the work of the Bhaktivedanta Institute. . . So as part of that group you can know you have Srila Prabhupad’s fullest blessings and support. You may continue to inform Him of your achievements as it make Him more enthusiastic. . .

Your servant,

Satsvarupa das Goswami

July 10, 1969 (Los Angeles, CA)

My Dear Giriraj,

Please accept my blessings. I beg to enclose herewith one letter I have received from your father which will speak for itself. From this letter it appears that you are a good scholar and there is very background in your educational career. So if you wish to make progress further in your educational career, that will be a nice asset for our Krishna Consciousness Movement. . . our Krishna Consciousness Movement is on the line of divinity . . . if you take your post-graduate sutdies in divinity by comparative study, then in the future we shall be able to present the philosophy of Krishna Consciousness in comparison to other theological presentations. Actually, we are teaching the science of God; we are teaching how to develop our dormant propensity to love God. Being parts and parcels of the Supreme, we have got an eternal affinity to love God. Unfortunately, by our contact with matter we have practically forgotten that we are eternally related with God. Krishna Consciousness is the post-graduate study of all religious conceptions of the world. I like the idea that you should make a thorough study of all theological schools, and in the future if you can explain our Krishna Consciousness Movement as the post-graduate presentation of all theological theses, then it will be a great accomplishment. . .

Your ever well-wisher,

A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami