iMonk Letters & Emails

This Letters Archive contains some of the more important letters and emails (in chronological order) in the life of the iMonk — beginning with the iMonk's earliest correspondence with his guru, Srila Sridhar Maharaj — as well as a selection of readers' responses to various iMonk blogs.

Durban, South Africa — June 9th, 1983

No Entry

Early in May 1983, I planned to go to Nabadwip Dham to get harinama initiation from Srila Bhakti Rakshak Sridhar Maharaj, but because of South Africa's then extant apartheid policies, I was unable to obtain an Indian visa. Srila Guru Maharaj reminds me in this letter that we need the grace of Sri Nityananda Prabhu, the Lord of the Dham, before we can gain entrance into that holy place.

Durban, South Africa — September 28th, 1983

Red-Letter Day

When it seemed like I would never get an Indian visa to travel to Nabadwip Dham in 1983 to personally receive harinama initiation from Srila Sridhar Maharaj, I requested ritvik initiation His Divine Grace. Some weeks later, I received this happy letter from the Math Secretary.

Johannesburg, South Africa — May 2nd, 1984

Goswami Maharaj's invitation

I met Sripad Bhakti Sudhir Goswami Maharaj in India when I attended Srila Sridhar Maharaj's Vyasa-Puja in October 1983 with Yudhamanyu Prabhu. Goswami Maharaj invited me to his temple in San Jose, and when Yudhamanyu Prabhu returned to California in April 1984, I asked whether the invitation was still good. This is Goswami Maharaj's reply.

Johannesburg, South Africa — May 3rd, 1984

Mahayogi Maharaj's invitation

Yudhamanyu Prabhu returned to South Africa with not one, but two invitations to go to San Jose to help with the soon-to-be-acquired Guardian of Devotion Press. This invitation is from Sripad Bhakti Vidhan Mahayogi Maharaj, who, as Mukunda-mala-vilas Prabhu, befriended me during the early days at the temple in South Africa (1981–82).

San Jose, California — August 24th, 1984

Out of Africa

Following Srila Sridhar Maharaj's directive to try to get the association of superior devotees, I left South Africa and went to live at the temple in San Jose at the invitation of Sripad Goswami Maharaj. I received this reply after I wrote to Srila Sridhar Maharaj to inform His Divine Grace that I was helping Goswami Maharaj publish the Golden Volcano of Divine Love and other books on the Guardian of Devotion Press.

San Jose, California — December 1st, 2002

The Future Is Now!

On December 1st, 2002, I received this email from Sripad Bhakti Sudhir Goswami Maharaj. The subject of the email, "The future is now!" struck a chord deep within me, revolutionizing my consciousness. I little knew at the time just how dramatically this email was going to change my life.

San Jose, California — December 5th, 2002

A Direct Hit

Four days after receiving and responding to Sripad Bhakti Sudhir Goswami Maharaj's "The Future Is Now" email which so electrified me, I received this follow-up email.

Calcutta, India — September 2nd, 2004

Breaching the Chinese wall

I spent a week in India in August 2004 with my old friend and mentor, Yudhamanyu Prabhu, and blogged some of his recent accomplishments in China. Shortly afterwards, I received a response from Daisy Du, one his English students in Chengdu. Daisy's appreciation for our philosophy is a testament to the effectiveness of Yudhamanyu Prabhu's preaching and to the success of Srila Gurudeva's mission in China.

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