Hare Krsna Guru Maharaja
Please accept our humble obeisances
All glories to Srila Prabhupada
Gurudeva, I was thinking about what is to take shelter of you as my Guru, to be really related to you as my Guru. Is it the best way to really be connected to take really to heart the basic and essential instruction: mangala aratik, 16 rounds, 4 regulative principles? In my following this am I really related to your guidance? And what is the situation if I follow that but not really to heart, with devotion, faith, simply doing? Then the senses are not completly engaged, connected, then not completly purified, and then they can be attracted by other things which make us feel some illusory feeling...? That is my freedom, to choose if I want to take to heart, to devote my feelings, to connect my energy to the process or not? Or the process will connect me at some point? Superficial connection seems not to be enough to cut our attraction to matter.
Gurudeva, I am following everything, but some days I am surviving because I am not very expert to manage time, and many things to do. I hope to have some kinds of rural life some day, because is crazy to be running from one thing to another. My brother is chanting, giving up terrible nonsenses, and reading, talking about Krsna, vegeterian, offering food. Sometimes devotees has the experience that people feel pushed by devotees to change everything in their lives, as if everything was wrong before. At the same time we have the function to give some advice because they are willing to accept some spiritual life. So what would be the essential things we should emphasize, that will give them some real path that will connect them? Chanting, Prasadam, 4 regulative principles... Then more details should be given according to their desires to know?
Normally I read again one or two times when I write to you, but the last time I did notice I wrote: all glories to our service... And i wanted to write All glories to YOUR service to Srila Prabhupada! An unconcious mistake, maybe you did notice but I was very ashamed!
Your servant, b Natalia
HpS - ASA --- Jaya! AGTSP!!!! All glories to our service. Pamho. Is very nice to be able to serve devotees. Read this Text and Purport and especially the next one!
It is like which comes first, the chicken or the egg??
We follow mechanically and we try to feel properly as and exercise and we try to do it from the bottom of our heart. These rules don't come from me. They come from Srila Prabhupada. I didn't invent them. Neith er he. It is parampara. It is mercy from Krsna.
Just do it as duty, because of fear of going to Hell if you don't. For peace. For prosperous and happy life. Because you know that if you do it even mechanically with a desire to do it spontaneously that will come. Do it from your heart as much as you can in your present condition.
Little by little you have to learn how to understand each persons position differently, like an advanced doctor, but good example is always important. Be a good example. Engage others in Karma yoga. Find things that they can do for Krsna according to their inclination. Then later advize more the rules and regulations. Little Karma yoga, some rules, increase karma yoga. Introduce them to other devotees who can give them advice!
WE ARE IN OUR OFFICE
Right now. It is 5PM. We had a pretty good day. We were about 87% engaged in devotional service. Not intense pure devotional service, but not in stupid eating and sleeping that took Prabhupada's work to keep us a float. Abhiseka, Nitai-gaura-sundara's good son, will come by and pick us up after work and take us to the house! We are in Lima in about five weeks. no? O.K. Next letter before he comes!!! Send us news of Miraflores!