- Affection and Reproach: The Synthesis of Love
Letters: On the Opportunity to Serve
śrī śrī guru-gaurāṅgau jayataḥ All glories to Śrī Guru and Śrī Gaurāṅga
Śrī Caitanya Gauḍīya Maṭha 35 Satīsh Mukherjee Road Kolkata—26 26 August, 1968
Dear recipient of my affection,
Those who have dedicated their lives to exclusively performing bhajana of Śrī Kṛṣṇa are exceedingly fortunate and blessed. They are trying to maintain their lives according to the desires of Śrī Kṛṣṇa. Wherever such bhaktas are able to reside to render Him service, they remain with great delight. It is our independent desires alone that cause us suffering.
The living entity’s previous actions shape his nature, and whether good or bad, no one can suddenly give up his nature entirely. Sādhakas control their minds by the words of sādhu, sastra and śrī guru. Abiding by the sweet will of one’s own mind invokes impediments for bhajana. If we sincerely become eager to serve the worshipful Śrī Hari, He will, by all means, arrange for the greatest of opportunities for His service. It was by His will that you went to the Hyderabad maṭha and have been rendering service there. You are all very dear to me. If those who are dear to each other live together in the same place, they will all be happy. However, for the service of Mahāprabhu, I have had to give up the happiness of being near those who are dear to me. In your efforts to serve my worshipful masters—śrī guru and Gaurāṅga—you have taken up residence in a far-off land. Thus, you have alleviated the pain I feel from being separated from you externally.
nitya-śubhākāṅkśī Your eternal well-wisher,
Śrī Bhakti Dayita Mādhava