Dear Sriman Pada Tirtha dasa,
Please accept my humble obeisances and, as appropriate, my blessings and well-wishes to yourself, Srimati Kum Kum Devi and Srimati Arundhati Devi dasi.
Yes, it seems like a long time since I last heard from you, but I am very happy you took the time to inform me of the news about my dear disciple, Srimati Arundhati Devi.
Previously you told me she inspired her family with her serious interest to know the Absolute Truth, Sri Krishna. The key to such attainment is full faith in Sri Sri Guru and Krishna:
yasya deve parā bhaktir yathā deve tathā gurau
tasyaite kathitā hy arthāḥ prakāśante mahātmanaḥ
“Only unto those great souls who have implicit faith in both the Lord and the spiritual master are all the imports of Vedic knowledge automatically revealed.”(Śvetāśvatara Up. 6.23)
I am happy to hear she is continuing with her serious pursuit of Krishna Consciousness, which can be attained in a moment of full surrender, or gradually over many lifetimes. In either case, the chanting of the Hare krishna Maha Mantra with faith and devotion, and without offense; accompanied by the support of guru, shastra and sadhu, will bring sure success.
Please convey these things to Arundhati Devi along with my blessings and encouragement to continue, as she is doing, with full faith in the mercy and protection of our dear Lord, Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Gandharvika Giridharijiu.
I pray this finds each of you in good health and spirits.
Swami B.K. Giri