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Srila Govinda Maharaja reading Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaja’s letter (in Bengali), written to him on Jan. 29, 1969.
What follows below is Srila Sridhara Maharaja’s translation of the Bengali to English (underlined portions were read by Srila Govinda Maharaja but not repeated by Srila Sridhara Maharaja).]
Sripada Govinda Maharaja, you will know my obeisances to you.
Your letter dated the fifth [January] duly received.
What [Sripada] Sridhara Maharaja has directed, I took it on my head. I take it on my head.
[Pujyapada Sridhara Maharaja] He is my always well-wisher.
After the departure of Prabhupada [Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakura] I should receive, I should accept his direction.
I got direction from him that I shall live in this country [America] forever.
Very soon, in near future, I may get the nationality, citizenship here.
You will all bless me that I may die working in this way here.
Your advice relating to “Back to Godhead” is very, very enlivening.
Hence you will mark more decoration, more development, improvement, in decoration and other matters.
Now the news is this, that [Sriman] Achyutananda is going to you [Sripada Sridhara Maharaja] and you please, for good association and instruction. So please give him shelter for a few months.
I have no. I have not. I have no courage, no courage. I can’t collect courage to keep him in Vrndavana alone.
If he be in disadvantage, then he may come back to this country. He has got return ticket in his possession.
[I] Hope that you will ask [Sripada] Sridhara Maharaja and arrange for his living there.
Knowing that he is not doing well, I did not write any letter direct to him.
[I] Hope you are all in [good] health and spirit. My offering to you is this.
Transcriber – Srila Giri Maharaja