REFORM IS BETTER THAN REJECTION
His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
It is better to correct him to the standard point by friendly gestures. We can reject anyone— that is very easy — but to reform him requires great skill and tact. If you can reform him by kind words and dealings, at is best. When I was there in Sydney, I observed that ______ is a very, very good boy, and that he has great intelligence and talent. Simply it has become a little misguided due to circumstances. Now you big leaders in Australia, along with the others, should make a concerted attempt to help him over his difficulties. Persuade him that everything is all right and that I am not angry or displeased in any way. Tell him that these things will sometimes happen even with the best devotees. In this way try and persuade him to become engaged with his previous enthusiasm for becoming a great devotee. He is a young boy, so we should not take his actions too seriously. Better to forget the past and try to reform him. His service can once gain be very valuable there in Australia. I know that he is a very good boy. Do not drive him away — that will be a discredit to all of you leaders. If there is great difficulty, for the time being he may come and live with me here in Los Angeles. I have no objection. But he has done very nicely in Sydney up to the present time, so if you can utilize his experience and talents there, that is the best plan. _
— Letter to Madhudvisa and Amogha. 24 August 1972.
– An expert from Sri Krishna-kathamrta Bindu, a free bi-monthly magazine service provided by Gopal Jiu Publications.