Following the Guru’s Instructions
His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
If you want to do some real service to Krishna and to the society, you should fix your mind to follow my instructions and do some tangible work. Unless you fix your mind to serve your spiritual master, who is a direct representative of Krishna, it is not possible to approach Krishna. Krishna is approached through the transparent via media of the spiritual master.
… In your letter under reply, I find that you are now anxious to return to the USA. I do not think that you will be able to do more service in the USA than in India. I think that if you fix your mind and try to remain in India, you can do greater service to Krishna. Many of my disciples are always ready to go to India, but I do not encourage them to go there at the present moment because practically we have no organized branch there.
…You should simply carry out my instructions in that respect. But at the present moment you are not prepared to follow my instructions. You are simply visiting different places for sightseeing recreation. This sort of service is not accepted by Krishna. You are thinking of coming back to the USA because your sightseeing business is now finished. But now you should consider what service you have rendered to Krishna by going to India.
… Now if you decide to work rigidly on my instructions in India, then I can give you necessary instructions. Otherwise, you can do whatever you like. ·
— Letter, 25 July 1968
– An expert from Sri Krishna-kathamrta Bindu, a free bi-monthly magazine service provided by Gopal Jiu Publications.