28 April, 1974
My dear Rupanuga Maharaja,
Please accept my blessings.
I beg to acknowledge receipt of your letter of April 17, from Washington D.C. and I have very carefully noted the contents.
...You are right about Sridhara Maharaja's genuineness. But in my opinion he is the best of the lot. He is my old friend, at least he executes the regulative principles of devotional service. I do not wish to discuss about activities of my Godbrothers but it is a fact they have no life for preaching work. All are satisfied with a place for residence in the name of a temple, they engage disciples to get foodstuff by transcendental devices and eat and sleep. They have no idea or brain how to broadcast the cult of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.
Guru Maharaja used to lament many times for this reason and he thought
if one man at least had understood the principle of preaching then his
mission would achieve success. In the latter days of my Guru Maharaja
he was very disgusted. Actually, he left this world earlier, otherwise
he would have continued to live for more years. Still he requested his
disciples to form a strong Governing body for preaching the cult of
Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. He never recommended anyone to be acharya
of the Gaudiya Math. But Sridhara Maharaja is responsible for disobeying this
order of Guru Maharaja, and he and others who are already dead
unnecessarily thought that there must be one acharya. If Guru
Maharaja could have seen someone who was qualified at that time to be acharya he would have mentioned. Because on the night before he passed away he talked of so many things, but never mentioned an acharya. His
idea was acharya was not to be nominated amongst the governing
body. He said openly you make a GBC and conduct the mission. So his idea was amongst the members of GBC who would come out successful and self effulgent acharya would be automatically selected. So Sridhara Maharaja and his
two associate gentlemen unauthorizedly selected one acharya and
later it proved a failure. The result is now everyone is claiming to be acharya even though they may be kanistha adhikari with no ability to preach. In some of the camps the acharya is being changed three times a year. Therefore we may not commit the same mistake in our ISKCON camp.
Actually amongst my Godbrothers no one is qualified to become acharya.
So it is better not to mix with my Godbrothers very intimately because
instead of inspiring our students and disciples they may sometimes
pollute them. This attempt was made previously by them, especially
Madhava Maharaja and Tirtha Maharaja and Bon Maharaja but somehow or
other I saved the situation. This is going on. We shall be very careful
about them and not mix with them. This is my instruction to you all.
They cannot help us in our movement, but they are very competent to
harm our natural progress. So we must be very careful about them.
Your ever well-wisher,
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami