20th Sept 2001
My dear Vrindavanesvari dasi,
Please accept my blessings and thanks for your email of September 4, 2001. I have taken all that you have written on board, which is not a little. You are like an emotional freight train. I mean this in a very nice way. In other words, there is a lot of emotional fuel in your letters. They are actually overwhelming. But I am happy to be aboard this train and will help to steer it sure and straight in the direction of back to home, back to Godhead.
I think you and your husband must certainly join us next year for Janmastami in Hungary. As far as going to India in kartik, I can't really recommend that considering the present world climate. Better to stay where you are. This is not the right time to travel. I had a four-day trip to Israel planned for this weekend to coincide with my moving house, but have had to cancel the trip. The move, however, will go ahead. I will be shifting from Cambridge to Oxford in order to get more association which is available there due to a good number of devotees, who pursuing their Ph.Ds.
Hoping this meets you and your husband in good health and blissful spirits.
Your ever well-wisher,
Tamal Krishna Goswami
Aug 15th 1998
My dear Vrindavanesvari devi dasi,
Please accept my blessings. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and to your Guru Maharaja.
I beg to respond to your letter, handed to me during my visit to Auckland.
Please be assured that what I meant when I said that we had to be a selfless servant to develop the mood of spontaneous devotion, does not exclude you. I do not make a distinction between your doing business and someone else "preaching".
What you are doing is being done for the service of your Guru Maharaja, who is fully engaged in the preaching mission.
Therefore you are part of this preaching mission-you are also a preacher. I hope this is clear.
What this means practically is that you will develop selfess devotion which is the real qualification for understanding our eternal relationship with Krsna. When you heart is purified, then Krsna will automatically reveal himself to you through the chanting of the Hare Krsna mantra, by the grace of your spiritual master.
Please do not think that there is only one type of service-preaching. There are unlimtied varieties of services, but they are part of the preaching mission of Lord Caitanya. The main point is that they should be performed with an attitude of pleasing Krsna and furthering His desires. Krsna in the form of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu desires that everyone get the opportunity to become Krsna conscious. So, if we maintain that compassionate attitude through whatever service we are engaged in, then no doubt we will become qualified to study and understand the Goswamis' literatures.
As you feel inspired by seeing me, so I feel similarly enthused whenever |I meet you, remembering your intimate relationship with your Guru maharaja, my very dear friend and godbrother. I pray that you will feel protected within ISKCON despite any upheavels in your ashram. I pray that Sri Guru and Sri Gauranga bestow Their causeless mercy upon you and grant you all intelligence and strength to become Their pure devotee, and in this very lifetime go back home, back to Godhead.
Hoping you are in good health
Your ever well wisher
Tamal Krsna Goswami