Subject: “Gaudiya Vaishnavism in the UK”
Dear Sriman Narada dasa,
Please accept my humble obeisances in remembrance of my Divine Masters.
I have noted the contents of your email and offer the following reply.
I’m a devotee living in the UK and am about to embark on a year, or two, of research looking at Gaudiya Vaishnavism in the UK.
The sort of data collection project you have proposed does not interest me. Neither do I believe it is a worthy project for someone who calls himself a devotee and goes by the name Narada dasa. Surely your guru did not suggest you embark on this diversion from the real goal of life which is the search for Sri Krishna, not a search for “Gaudiya Vaishnavism in the UK.” Gaudiya Vaishnavism will never be found in the UK. It will be found only in the pure hearts of those sadhus who are cent per cent devoted to the service of Sri Sri Guru Gauranga. They are the only entities who should be the subjects and objects of our research, for we want to know only how we can become like them.
yasyātma-buddhiḥ kuṇape tri-dhātuke
sva-dhīḥ kalatrādiṣu bhauma ijya-dhīḥ
yat-tīrtha-buddhiḥ salile na karhicij
janeṣv abhijñeṣu sa eva go-kharaḥ
“A human being who identifies the body made of three elements with his self, who considers the by-products of the body to be his kinsmen, who considers the land of birth as worshipable, and who goes to a place of pilgrimage simply to take a bath rather than meet men of transcendental knowledge there is to be considered like an ass or a cow.”
—Cc: Madhya 16.281, Purport, Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
In the hope, Krishna willing, of writing a book at the end of the research on what the Hare Krishna movement looks like in modern Britain.
The Hare Krishna movement looks the same everywhere. It does not look different from one place to another except through the eyes of those who see it in connection with the mundane world, with which it has no actual connection. “The Hare Krishna movement” is a purely transcendental movement that looks today, in every country, to be exactly the same as it did during the time of Sriman Mahaprabhu who preached and practiced its precepts in the company of His parshada devotees. I pray you will seach only for that Hare Krishna movement, and no other.
Any support or help you can provide with this research would be very much appreciated.
I have tried my best in accordance with the principals I have understood from my Divine Masters. If I can be of any further assistance, I will try.
I pray this finds you well in health and spirits.
Swami B.K. Giri