From: B.K. Giri
To: Ratan Krishna das
Dear Sriman Ratan Krishna dasa,
Please accept my humble obeisances.
It was very kind of you to write to me, expressing your appreciation for my humble attempts to serve Srila Gurudeva, his Mission, his devotees and those caught in the cycle of samsara.
Your visit with the other devotees you mentioned was very enlivening for me as well.
Whenever there appears an intensity to serve the Lord and His devotees, as we noticed among the devotees here at the time you mention, it must be accompanied by a very auspicious sphere of influence that affects all of those within it, or touched by it. Sankirtana, especially as it occurs through preaching the precepts of our Divine lineage, is the key to creating such an auspicious environment.
Great endeavors bring great troubles to those executing them. For this reason it is rare to see the souls of this world participate in the greatest of all endeavors, the salvation of the nitya baddha jivas, and reclamation of the territory conquered by maya, for the service of Sri Sri Guru Garuanga Gandharvika Giridharijiu. Those who feel the urgency for such an endeavor and, feeling that urgency, surrender to it, at the cost of their own comfort and convenience, will surely reap the greatest of all rewards, the enthusiasm to continue extending the boundaries of Sri Krishna Sankirtana in the manner fashioned by Sriman Mahaprabhu:
pṛthivīte āche yata nagarādi-grāma
sarvatra pracāra haibe mora nāma
His desire is that all over the world everyone, in every village and every town, know of Śrī CaitanyaMahāprabhu and His saṅkīrtana movement. These are the inner feelings of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu.
Even if one is not able to proceed with the same level of enthusiasm, having once tasted the nectar of intense service, it will remain as a vibrant and wonderful memory, to be renewed again and again; following the same process of surrender.
There was another important member of our sankirtana party, Srimati Divya Shakti Devi, who showed us all what it is to possess an indomitable courage and conviction to overcome all obstacles in pursuit of a service goal.
It was a special time for you, and it was a special time for me.
May Srila Gurudeva bless us to see a future of endless special times that he assures us will not only equal, but far exceed any we have known thus far.
I pray this finds you well in health and spirits.
Swami B.K. Giri
From: Ratan Krishna das
To: B.K. Giri
Dear Srila B.K. Giri Maharaja,
I often remember fondly when you accommodated myself, Sripad Kamal Krishna Brahmacari, Vidura Prabhu, and Ramachandra Prabhu on our East Coast sankirttan tour. Truly, that was a special time for me. I don’t have much of substance to say in this brief note, but I thought that since my mind often goes back to that time, I ought to reach out and offer my obeisances. I hope that you are doing well, both in your health and in your ministry. I am take solace knowing that, even there on the materialistic citadel of the East Coast, you are representing Gurudeva and spreading his love and affection.
With all sincerity, respect and affection,
at your service,
Ratan Krishna Das