About Mayapura Construction
August 19, 1976, Hyderabad
Gargamuni: ...to keep it going we took a minimum amount of ten thousand a month. We were getting ten thousand a month. But to finish the building we require more, more per month, because ten thousand is just the most minimum amount just to keep it going.
Prabhupada: So you are collecting?
Gargamuni: Yes, but that is going for maintenance. I give twenty thousand a month now.
Prabhupada: Maintenance, twenty thousand?
Gargamuni: Well, that includes agriculture, the gurukula, everything. It includes everything.
Jayapataka: Actual maintenance, about eight or ten thousand. Other things, landscaping and other things...
Gargamuni: Landscaping... We built you a very wonderful park, very nice park. We've also put a walkway around the ghata with stairs.
Prabhupada: Now, what is the position of our big project?
Jayapataka: That's what I was going to tell you first. So what happened was that the application we had given to the Chief Secretary and the Board of Revenue, that has gone from them to Mr. Choudhuri, who in turn had sent it on to the Commissioner. The Commissioner sent to District Magistrate. The Commissioner sent to the District Magistrate. So District Magistrate, he gave a favorable reply.
Prabhupada: He has given?
Jayapataka: Favorable reply. He said, "This is a good project. It will help the district." He only said that they should maybe get three hundred acres instead of 350 or like that. He reduced something. Then that went back again to the Commissioner, who was a Christian. He's the one I mentioned. He wrote bad report. Then when Choudhuri got it, he wrote a very good report. He wrote a very good report. He said that there's no question of Hindu or Muslim. Just like in Bangkok they have that one big Visnu Temple. Or the Taj Mahal. This is no longer any type of religious. This is for all mankind. Similarly this Mayapura will be a monument for the whole mankind.
Prabhupada: For the whole world.
Jayapataka: For the whole world. So in this way he gave a very good, very good statement. Then that went to the Chief Secretary again, who had to give it to the Chief Minister. So the Chief Minister he does not have a good opinion. He did not have a good opinion of our society.
Prabhupada: Who is the Chief Minister?
Jayapataka: Siddhanta Shankaraya.
Prabhupada: He is very expert man.
Jayapataka: He's a very expert... He's one of their chief politicians from India. He used to be Education Minister of Indira Gandhi. He's one of her right hand men.
Gargamuni: Very important for Bengal. Bengal is the most important state, and he has very prominent position to the Prime Minister as advisor.
Jayapataka: So at that time, I couldn't write him a letter. He had written that..., something which made Mr. Choudhuri very angry. He wrote something which made Mr. Choudhuri very angry. Made also the Chief Secretary angry. He wrote...
Gargamuni: No, who wrote?
Jayapataka: The Chief Minister wrote. He said, "Because of the impassioned... He said "I would have refused this application except for the impassioned appeal of one of my senior officers, namely Mr. Choudhuri. They are asking for three hundred acres of land but the East India Company, they asked only twenty acres of land and they have conquered the whole of India." (loud kirtana in background)
Jayapataka: "East India Company, they have asked only twenty acres of land but they have conquered the whole of India.
Gargamuni: "They ruled India for two hundred years."
Jayapataka: Oh. "Ruled India for two hundred years."
Prabhupada: Who said? Chief Minister?
Gargamuni: The Chief Minister wrote that the East India Company purchased twenty acres of land and rules India for two hundred years. That was his reply to our application.
Prabhupada: Chief Minister said?
Gargamuni: Yes. They're afraid that by taking this, we will rule India.
Jayapataka: Anyway, that's a very frivolous statement. That was a frivolous statement.
Prabhupada: No, that, ruling over India, they politically ruled.
Jayapataka: But we're not politicians.
Prabhupada: Even if we are rule, we shall rule spiritually. We have nothing to do with politics.
Jayapataka: That's the point. That's why even the Chief Secretary, he became...
Gargamuni: They didn't take it seriously. The Chief Secretary and Mr. Choudhuri did not take that very seriously, that comment. It's a frivolous comment.
Jayapataka: It's progressed. That's one month ago. Since then it's progressed. Then he said, Let there be more inquiry on the nature of the society and its source of funds, etc..." In the meantime many people had come and inquired about our society. CID, CI.
Gargamuni: Also the industrial, one industrial from the... They want to know how we will arrange for so many work for so many people. I met them there. They want to know, "How will you get everyone to work?" They sent... Many, from many different governmental departments, came, inquiring, "How you will do this?" And they all went away satisfied. We showed them the handloom; we showed them the gosala; we showed them the children. Even Tarun Kanti Ghosh, he came, and we lined up fifty children, and they read the Gitar Gan, and he almost started crying. He liked it so much. He said, "Oh, you have done so nicely with the children." So they were impressed with the work.
Jayapataka: So that time Mr. Choudhuri, he was put down. But he said, "I have not yet lost hope." He said, but he was put down a bit. That might personally talked to the Minister of Nadia, Anandamoy Visvas, who I personally met last year. And he was telling him that for Nadia he should sponsor this. Even the negative political issue with the Chief Minister, he should push it through. In the meantime I wrote an application to Karun Kanti Ghosh, who up to now we hadn't asked. Because it had already passed all the preliminaries. And I went and spoke to him. I told him that "It has already passed all the government stages. Now simply the Chief Minister has to be convinced." He said, "No, no. You are of good integrity. There is not doubt about ISKCON. I will immediately tell him." He called up the Chief Secretary, the Chief Minister was out then. Later on he talked to Chief Minister. The next time I saw Mr. Choudhuri. Before that, he told me... That's when he told me that "Maybe Prabhupada should see the Chief Minister." Now he said it's not necessary. He liked your reply to them. After that, I saw Mr. Tarun Kanti Ghosh. Then I saw Choudhuri again a week later. At that time he said, "Now everything is changed." He said "Now the Chief Minister, that problem is solved." He has written that "Let Mr. Choudhuri make the decision. Let him make the decision. But I cannot simply take the decision. They'll say I am biased. I must work in the ordinary ways of the government. But there is no trouble now. You have waited so long. You wait another thirty or sixty days." He said, "Wait another sixty days, and then you'll get it."
Prabhupada: When he wrote? When he wrote this?
Gargamuni: He spoke to me just two weeks ago. Two weeks ago. Then, last week, again I saw him just before Janmastami. I asked him... And I gave him invitation to Janmastami. At that time he told me that... There was this bad publicity. He told me, "Now this bad publicity, I think it has given us some benefit."
Gopala Krsna: Srila Prabhupada, could you give darsana over here later? They're all been waiting for your darsana.
Gargamuni: Hey, wait a minute. We're talking about Mayapura. We're talking about Mayapura.
Prabhupada: Is there...? Is there there necessity?
Gargamuni: There's no necessary.
Gopala Krsna: Okay. But we had you down on schedule for a lecture. So I said that you're not lecturing, but they just wanted to have a look at you. Later we can...
Prabhupada: Tomorrow I shall.
Prabhupada: Tomorrow I shall lecture.
Gargamuni: Go ahead.
Jayapataka: Now, just a few days ago, when I invited him for Janmastami, then I asked him what the... He told me at that time... He said, "Now..." He had recently received a phone call from the Chief Secretary." You see? Now your favorite project is going to be spoiled." Then he went over to see the Chief Secretary. He showed him an article from the Raja-Sabha, how the member of Parliament had given this challenge that "Are these people CIA or this or that?" Then Mr. Choudhuri said, "Sir, I am not afraid." He said, "Why not?" "Because I have you, don't I?" Then the Chief said, "Yes. You have won me over. I believe in this project." Then he said that now the Chief Minister has agreed that the project be sanctioned. But he said that "I don't want to take the full brunt of the decision. Let the Nadia District Planning Committee take the decision."
Jayapataka: District Planning Committee. So the head of the Nadia District Planning Committee is that minister, Anandamoy Visvas. So I went to him and I gave him an invitation for the Janmastami. When I saw him, then... You gave me that letter. So I showed him that letter where you have said that "every day we're selling sixty thousand dollars of books, and I think you for helping me." I said, "Sir, we are simply doing Prabhupada's order. This is not our work. It is not a foreign work. It is his work; we are simply doing it. He is selling so many books that he wants to invest some of the money to develop Mahaprabhu's birthsite. That is all. He has got the money. Why he should not invest it?" He said, "I am going to have a meeting of the committee next week, and I'm going to push your project through. We're going to pass it." That is the last word I heard. So it looks that everything is very good right now... But we have to keep our society very pure because their investigating us very strong. All the time they're having people watching us.
Gargamuni: There is now in Mayapura... The talk is, there's... Some special advisors to the Prime Minister are in Mayapura now investigating to make sure.
Jayapataka: Some of the local people that were working with me, getting petitions, they came and told me that some people from Delhi or outside were inquiring about us, about Bhavananda Goswami, about Jayapataka, about this project, about how the devotees are dealing with the public, whether we are doing any anti-Indian work. All sorts of questions they are asking. So it's very important that we keep very up and up right now. All the time. But otherwise the government, they are happy with our work. And so far, Mr. Choudhuri said, other people have indicated that they have found no bad report about our society, although they are looking so hard. Therefore they are passing.
Gargamuni: The State government is very favorable. But the doubt, of course, is coming from the central government because they don't know us. But the state government, they are very favorable. Everyone we've met within the State, they like us very much. They like the Society, they like your work, and, of course, they like your books.
Jayapataka: The local police intelligence officer in Krishnagar, when I went to see him, he told me, (Bengali). Like that, he told me. "Definitely I make you an Indian citizen." So they are favorable. I don't know how much they can do, but locally they are favorable.
Gargamuni: Now on the weekend we have tours of the building. Many groups of people come. Fifty in a group sometimes come and visit.
Gargamuni: Yes, tourists, and we take then on tour of the building. That's Subhaga. He takes them on tour and he gives some preaching. So many people are coming.
Prabhupada: Subhaga is in charge of that?
Gargamuni: Yes, he does.
Jayapataka: Others are there also. One new boy is very good.
Jayapataka: Kisora dasa. He's also translating. He's a little more strong than Subhaga, although new. Very good boy, very humble. He's from a good family also.
Prabhupada: What is the flood situation?
Gargamuni: Very mild monsoon this year. Almost drought. Almost. Very mild. Very little rain.
Prabhupada: Rain is not very strong.
Gargamuni: No. Monsoon is not strong.
Jayapataka: Our aus(?) crop has been hampered because of lack of rain and early monsoon. Only in the past week there's been a little rain. Otherwise, before, there was very little rain. Not fully drought...
Gargamuni: But less rain than previous years.
Jayapataka: Everything is very green and nice, but so far as agriculture is concerned...
Prabhupada: It requires more rain.
Jayapataka: It requires more rain and early tide. Right now the river is full, but it is not flooding. It is full. See, Mr. Choudhuri, he was interested. At that time when the Chief Minister wrote that, then he wrote this, that "If you were to see the Chief Minister, then this type of letter could be submitted and he would definitely see you, "although it is not necessary to see him.
Prabhupada: Do you think it is?
Jayapataka: No, it's not necessary to personally see him. You might write... When you come to Mayapura we'll write him invitation that he can come and see and visit you there. That was better. Mr. Choudhuri said that "Your Guru Maharaja, he has got also the Vaisnava pride not to see the politicians." He said, "This is a good stand. I respect this very much." Actually he mentioned once to Abhirama confidentially that "If this project comes through, then you'll be requiring some liaison officer because there will be so many government things. At that time I can work for you as your permanent advisor and go to Delhi and here and there and do all the work." I think he wants a job.
Prabhupada: I thought Mr. Choudhuri would do everything, but that is not the position.
Jayapataka: Almost he is doing everything. Actually he's trying to say that he did everything. But I think that when we saw Tarun Kanti Ghosh that that cleared up that matter with Chief Minister that cleared that up. As far as the other lower secretary men are..., Mr. Choudhuri did everything. The Chief Minister doubt, I think Tarun helped clear that up. That's the only thing that he couldn't change the mind of is the Chief Minister. Otherwise he did everything else, almost, you can say.
Gargamuni: He came on the last ekadasi. Just last ekadasi, what, ten days ago? Seven days he came for the ekadasi to Mayapura just to see.
Jayapataka: I just saw him also just before Janmastami, and he was still very favorable then. We talked for about an hour and a half. He introduced me to all the M.L.A's of the twenty-four paraganas.
Prabhupada: Tarun Kanti?
Jayapataka: When I go preaching, then I go, and the government M.L.A. and Congress people, they also help me. They arrange sometimes places for me to stay and big program. They protect that no people cause us any disturbances. Although we don't...
Prabhupada: What about our Godbrothers? They are also opposing?
Jayapataka: Subhaga made a very... Bhavananda sent him over to invite Sridhara Swami for Janmastami, as a show of respect. When he went there... he's not so clever boy. So Sridhara Swami asked him, "Oh, what about your land acquisition?" What does he know about land acquisition? We never discussed anything with him. He can only know by hearsay. So then Subhaga said, "Oh, it's in the hands of the Chief Minister," for which I reprimanded at all. Why you have given any information?" But they are very interested in these things, and maybe they are still trying to stop it, but I don't think they have the power.
Prabhupada: They have no power.
Jayapataka: They are the ones who have raised up that first petition, that Surendra dasa, I think, and others. They are behind that. They themselves were in the market trying to get petition against, but no one would sign for them. We made a little of political..., because in Mayapura now we have got seventy per cent of the people are...
Prabhupada: In our favor.
Jayapataka: In our favor strongly. And only a minority are actively opposed, one percent even. And thirty per cent are in doubt. So, so much so that even I saw recently the M.L.A. who was previously against us. And when I saw him I invited him for Janmastami, and he said what about our program for a bridge? I said, "Oh, yes, I discussed with Srila Prabhupada, and he suggested having a floating bridge to Navadvipa. That will be very short. Very easily done with least expense." He said, "Anyway, next time you come to Navadvipa you can discuss with me. I am ready to help you in all ways." So he has turned his mind around.
Jayapataka: The MLA. The local Member of Legislative Assembly. He was previously a little against us. But because our whole amsa (?) is for us, if he doesn't cooperate he won't get their vote, they want the development in their area. Also the...He is changing a little. Everyone is saying that our society is actually simply doing sincere work.
Prabhupada: As they doing (?).
Jayapataka: This food distribution has been very important.
Prabhupada: Oh, yes.
Jayapataka: Now the price of rice has gone up by about eighty paisa. From two rupees to two-eighty. So the poor class of people, they are in a very bad situation. So now our attendance has gone up from twelve hundred to two thousand on that Saturday and Sunday, each day. So we have two shifts. So many people are coming that they come from ten o'clock in the morning and wait because otherwise they can't get a boat in time to cross the river. So then we were very surprised to read in a recent newsletter from LA that "They're going to restart the food relief." But we never knew it stopped. We never knew that they had stopped the food relief. We saw then that he said, "They're going to restart." But we never stopped, and we were very surprised to see that. And now they say...
Prabhupada: Who said?
Gargamuni: To maintain this food relief from the centers only requires what? Fifteen hundred dollars a month. So little amount and so much service is done.
Gargamuni: So I know Tamala, he was giving one thousand but he has stopped now. He was giving one thousand a month. And now he has stopped.
Jayapataka: Ramesvara, you wrote him a letter that "Jayapataka Swami should be sent money for ISKCON Food Relief." And he told me that "I am sending you. I have four thousand dollars, "which he sent. We had already been 36,000 rupees in debt because we had not received money for six months. But he wrote in a newsletter to the temples that "Prabhupada has wrote me to send money to Jayapataka Swami; and now we're going to start again ISKCON Food Relief." But that was making it appear that we had stopped. But actually we had never stopped.
Prabhupada: Ramesvara? He did not know?
Jayapataka: Ramesvara had stopped collecting from the temples. But we had never stopped...
Prabhupada: Anyway, he'll collect. That's all.
Jayapataka: Your program everyone is appreciating. When the newspapermen came out, at that time the black development officer he came there, and when the newspapermen were there he sat down with all the poor people and he took also and said, "This is very good. This is our national service." And they photographed.
Prabhupada: "National Service"?
Jayapataka: Yes, he mentioned.
Gargamuni: Still, though, because of these articles, it has been a little bit hard to secure money from people now because the people who are giving us money, they are under investigation also, the rich people. So when they see we are under investigation, oh, then they get afraid. They don't want to give.
Gargamuni: Because we're under investigation and they're also being investigated, so they don't want to endanger... The government is every day raiding the houses of the rich people.
Prabhupada: Anyway, what is the investigation?
Jayapataka: They are being investigated for income tax.
Gargamuni: For income tax. The government is making it so that no one can give any donation. They don't want any more donation. They want everything to come to the government. So it's not easy to get money locally. We are getting enough to do maintenance, but it is not like it was, say, two or three years ago, when you could get 25,000 fifteen thousand, especially in Calcutta, where the income tax, every day they are raiding the houses.
Jayapataka: Even if people give, a life, patron member, 2,222, if they are not so big, they want to give in installment and even though they'll give at one time with postdated... They want different receipt because if they give one lump sum, then it makes it seem that they are very rich. Although they'll give you at one time, they want small, small receipt so that the income tax won't think, "Oh, they are are giving so much donation? They must be very rich. They must have hidden wealth which we can capture from them by investigation." So in this way they are very much pressurized. Sometimes they prefer to give money without receipt.
Prabhupada: Soon the whole, our program is going on.
Gargamuni: Oh, yes. No, it's going on more. The book distribution is going on more. More people are joining. There's no hindrance.
Prabhupada: That I want.
Jayapataka: These are simply minor obstacles.
Prabhupada: Yes. If she can... She can make little vegetable, potato, tomato.
Prabhupada: Yes. Or one parata. One parata.
Prabhupada: Yes, tomato, potato, one vegetable.
Gargamuni: Prabhupada's house. Your house. You have not decided where you want to put your house.
Prabhupada: I wanted that if the major project is done, then we can select. What do you think?
Jayapataka: Let the big land be acquired and pick the best place. Let the whole land be acquired and then pick the best place. You wanted to wait for the whole land to be acquired, and then pick the best place.
Prabhupada: Yes. And not I want, but that you all see, that is the best place.
Jayapataka: For the most privacy.
Prabhupada: For the time being, that place is very nice, that pond. What is there?
Gargamuni: It's become congested there now.
Gargamuni: We have 138 people now. 138 people are living there. Women, children...
Gargamuni: There's fifty children now. So that place is now... The front has become somewhat congested...
Gargamuni: ...with noise and children.
Prabhupada: What about the painting?
Gargamuni: Painting is going on.
Jayapataka: They've done about sixteen or seventeen.
Prabhupada: Our men?
Gargamuni: Yes, yes.
Jayapataka: Two men. Anakadundubhi and what's his name?
Jayapataka: I went to Haridaspur as soon as I received your letter because Bahusvarupa was there, making arrangement for the Janmastami festival. So I spoke to all those people for two days, Thursday and Friday. And the land is in the name of the zamindar, Mr..., Ghosh family. There's fourteen members who have to sign. So in Haridaspur nine members are living, and they are all agreed for signing. And they say the other five members live in Calcutta. Once they sign the deed, they'll also sign. There's no doubt because that's not even in their possession. That's in the public's possession. And all the public, Anchal-pradhan and all the other leaders of that village they are also all eager to have us start . I think that we can also raise some money in the neighborhood. There's some relatively rich people. So that... I was trying to register that before I came here but because Monday is... That zamindar has one hatta. And that's... His hatta day is Monday, so he was busy. And Tuesday was Janmastami by government of West Bengal, and Wednesday was our Janmastami and Haridaspur Janmastami, and I came here today, Thursday, so we couldn't do it beforehand. But as soon as I go back, I can register that. And... But someone should immediately come, Murti or Saurabha or someone and see that land.
Prabhupada: No, no, we have to... Yes. We have to see, make plans.
Jayapataka: Because actually just by giving the site plan you can't make a plan because that's a high area and it goes down to the river. So from our land to the river, that is also under our use. That is klashjami.(?) That is no man's land, but that we can also use and that has to be some strengthening so that when the river..., and rain cannot wear down the side. So these details they should come and see, and then they could make a proper plan, I think. Without seeing, they can't make. 'Cause it's a very small area, it should be very well planned. And the local people there, they are very innocent people. They don't seem to have any type of enmity or envy at all. They all come and chant and see. Although they don't strictly follow the rules, naturally. They eat fish and other things and smoke, but they seem to be simple people. If someone would work with him, I think he could make the whole village gradually Krsna conscious.
Jayapataka: But who that person is right now to work, that we have to train up some of our men. Because right now...
Prabhupada: He can do, Svarupa. He can take training, and he can do. And then, gradually, others will join.
Jayapataka: I think all the children, they could become brahmacaris. If the parents would be agreeable, they could become brahmacaris and attend morning some class, then go to school. In this way the whole village could be made Krsna conscious at least by chanting and...
Prabhupada: Chanting is the main thing. Chanting and distributing prasadam.
Jayapataka: If we get prasadam, then... I think that they all contribute some grain. They are very poor agricultural people, but there's no theft there. I asked. There's one man who has three acres. Three bighas of land he's giving. So they just grow their rice there and...
Prabhupada: You can ask that instead of making parata, a light khicudi in the morning. That is...
Prabhupada: No, sabji can make.
Jayapataka: Khicudi instead of parata?
Prabhupada: So khicudi will be easy, like...
Prabhupada: Put in the khicudi and tomato. Like in the morning.
Prabhupada: That will be easily digested.
Jayapataka: Digestion is not good now.
Gargamuni: This will help digestion.
Gargamuni: This medicine.
Gargamuni: There is ginger, I think.
Prabhupada: This is ajwain(?). My only concern is about the immigration department. They are gagging you: "Now your visa... Go out, go away, go out..." So they are making so big, big arrangement. If my foreign disciples are forced to go away, then what is the value? That is...
Gargamuni: Well, as far as myself... Of course, I was supposed to leave yesterday. But there is very easy process. You can come in and out and stay six months.
Prabhupada: So that, make plans. That will... Otherwise we are making so big, big, big plan. Who will manage?
Jayapataka: For that matter, we can get. Even the American citizen, they can get outside... By various means you can get Canadian and English passports.
Jayapataka: But even then, we can go to Lahore, get visa three months, come in, but you can stay six months. Then go out again, get another visa, come in and out. There is no problem. We have already done that with some of the other men.
Prabhupada: Make... Find out such means. Otherwise... Alexander the Great, having so many kingdom, and as soon as he goes away, it is finished.
Jayapataka: Also, if you wrote a letter to Brahmananda Reddy and that Mr. Mehta, the deputy or whatever, minister, regarding these questions coming in the Raja-sabha about Mayapura and Vrndavana, "Actually these two centers are my ... I am founder-acarya of these centers, and the people working there are not independent of me. I have asked them to come for assisting me." Then, if a letter like that is written to them and send me one copy, that will help immigration also, I think.
Gargamuni: Also another investigation, we're always asked, "Where is your headquarters?"
Jayapataka: And then "Our headquarters is in India."
Gargamuni: It must be always stated, "Our headquarters are India." If we say "foreign," that means we are controlled by foreign. We must publish everywhere that our head...
Prabhupada: No, we have mentioned headquarters Bombay?
Jayapataka: We just said offices.
Jayapataka: They think that Los Angeles is our headquarters.
Prabhupada: That is for America.
Gargamuni: We explain like that.
Prabhupada: But real headquarter here.
Gargamuni: I think if one letter is given that "We are purely Indian, that I am acarya and they are simply helping me, they are not..."
Prabhupada: Yes, that is the fact.
Jayapataka: Actual facts is... That would help, if such a letter was given. Then on the basis of that, we cal also go and preach or talk, or we can show that to the local people that "this is..." Because they keep thinking that we are coming on our own. Because you are outside traveling, they see us only, and they think we are independent.
Prabhupada: No, in every letter heading there is my name, "Acarya, Founder-acarya."
Gargamuni: That is their stupidity. But if some, that one direct letter, short letter, then if we have a copy I'll show that to the CID there, that "This, Prabhupada has written to the Minister of Home. This is in answer to your question."
Prabhupada: Then take that copy.
Gargamuni: I'll make one draft.
Prabhupada: No, I have written already letter?
Jayapataka: You're written already letter?
Prabhupada: To the Home Minister?
Gargamuni: I didn't get. Has he written a letter to the Home Minister?
Prabhupada: No, Home Minister has given one letter.
Gargamuni: I have that letter.
Jayapataka: Also all over Bengal people are appreciating. I went... When we go preaching in the small towns...
Prabhupada: Wait, I am coming. Among the... Amongst these... "Not only for India, but the whole world. You are doing nice work." So push this movement. Bhaktivinoda Thakura wanted Indians, they can... Prabhupada also. No we have to plan how to... We are not concerned only with India. All over the world. Make plan. Think over. Krsna will give you intelligence.
Aksayananda: Prabhupada would come to Mayapura.
Jayapataka: And when is your program for coming to Mayapura? All the devotees are offering their obeisances to you. Bhavananda Goswami, he is following very strictly the caturmasya this year. He doesn't eat anything before sunrise.
Gargamuni: The weather there is very nice because the monsoon is mild. It is very nice, cool weather.
Prabhupada: I have got a bad impression, Bengal during rainy season.
Gargamuni: Yes, right.
Prabhupada: Is it not? No, it was not rainy season. This season. Otherwise any season in Bengal, they are very good.
Prabhupada: Not only insect. There are... Insects are there?
Gargamuni: There's no insects now.
Jayapataka: Rainy season no insects. After rainy season.
Prabhupada: After rainy season. And insect is not so bad. Indigestion.
Prabhupada: That is the...
Gargamuni: What part of India is good during rainy season? Is there any part of India that's good during rainy season?
Prabhupada: I think Vrndavana. Is it not?
Jayapataka: I only know Bengal.
Prabhupada: You are now Bengali.
Prabhupada: And they are not giving citizenship?
Jayapataka: Myself? What happened was I applied last September. So now it's nearly one year, so they had sent my application from Mayapura to Calcutta, Writer's Building. Again back. Again Writer's Building, then to Delhi. Then Delhi sent again back. I went, and I asked the secretary, and I found out that they had sent again back from Delhi, again back to Mayapura and then re-investigated me. At that time they brought in some local people, and one investigator, he said that "This Jayapataka Swami, we have heard that he is a very bad person. He beats the people." They said, "No, We never heard such thing." "No, no. We have heard that he is very bad." In this way by negative they are testing. They came and told me that for two hours police is drilling three different people from Navadvipa and Mayapura. In this way no one said a bad...
Prabhupada: No, if you are a famous man, then they'll do.
Gargamuni: Him and Bhavananda.
Jayapataka: Now Bhavananda is more famous.
Prabhupada: He is notorious.
Jayapataka: But now he is in the papers.
Prabhupada: (laughing) He... You are famous; he is notorious. It is very difficult to deal with these nonsense. They are devotees and either notorious or famous. Our Godbrothers, they do not like Bhavananda. Eh?
Jayapataka: No, they don't like me anymore either.
Prabhupada: Accha? What is your fault?
Jayapataka: They always thought, because I am not so outspoken, that "Jayapataka, we can get him to do as we like." But ultimately I don't do anything for them either, so now they don't like me either. Bhavananda openly was against, and I was passive. I didn't say anything. But when they came to me I also... Actually I am afraid. Madhava Maharaja he invited me to attend his program, some festival day.
Jayapataka: At his Matha.
Prabhupada: Ten days? Ten days.
Jayapataka: No, it was a three-day program. He invited us for one day. But I was afraid to go. He might even poison me. They personally went...
Jayapataka: It not materially by poison, then spiritually by ear. One way or other, they have to give poison. So I didn't even want to go. I didn't go, either.
Prabhupada: Sridhara Maharaja is also within the group?
Jayapataka: He can't breath. He is on a bed with oxygen. Life and death any moment. Injection, oxygen, barely staying alive. One day better, one day worse. Now they say better; then again they say worse. [Break] That is what we simply need, are people... I saw the program so nicely if people would simply come and work sincerely, they'll make spiritual advancement. They'll chant Hare Krsna. Very quickly they'll become Krsna conscious. So now we're seeing that... We're demanding that sincere people come.
Prabhupada: Yes, it may not be the association of lazy people. Free hotel. No.
Jayapataka: Bhavananda, he's strict on that.
Gargamuni: He's very strict. Without working, no one can eat.
Prabhupada: Yes. Not only work. Attending the program. That is essential.
Prabhupada: That's nice. Work is partial. These things are essential.
Gargamuni: But some of these men are workers. They're not...
Prabhupada: No, our cloth necessities are supplied by ourselves? The cloth?
Jayapataka: The difficulty is right now we have twenty thousand rupees worth of cloth in stock. That is all profit. We only are three thousand rupees in debt. But we have all the cloth. We have no customers.
Gargamuni: There's no customers. We have a huge stock...
Prabhupada: You send immediately to America. They will pay.
Gargamuni: we sent a newsletter to get people to buy cloth the cloth because we have a huge stock of it.
Prabhupada: Now, you ask Bhagavan. He is very clever. He's expert.
Jayapataka: We are worried that now we're getting good men to join, they're doing good work, then how...
Prabhupada: I think if you prepare according to the order of our foreign centers, then you won't be... They will all give. You can make fine cloth?
Jayapataka: We can make up to eighty count. Eighty count we can make now.
Prabhupada: They are purchasing cloth, shirt, and everything.
Jayapataka: They're saying... Sometimes they say that "The cloth you make is not what we like." But I tell them we can make any cloth. You give us sample. You tell us. We'll make to your specification." They don't...
Gargamuni: All right, I'll write a letter. Let's not bother Prabhupada.
Prabhupada: How is that, twenty thousand stock is there? You can send it? In India there is no customer?
Gargamuni: No, because it's made according to European length. Big size.
Jayapataka: Up to now we've been making according to the devotee's specification. To make for Indian to make a different type. We can also make Indian sari and other thing. They'll be cheaper one. but previously we were making because we thought that all the foreign branches...
Prabhupada: So whatever... Now you can make Indian style. You keep great stock?
Jayapataka: Well, we are hearing that they are buying the cloth elsewhere.
Gargamuni: All right. Come on.
Prabhupada: Eh? They are buying elsewhere?
Gargamuni: Yes. They are buying sometimes from other. (to JP) All right. Let's go and chant, come back tomorrow.
Jayapataka: Other thing we can discuss tomorrow. [break]
Prabhupada: It is difficult to go there. It is difficult to go there.
Gargamuni: And here there is more devotion.
Prabhupada: Here are devotees.
Jayapataka: We made this for distributing, and the public, the take and worship in their home, purchase it.
Gargamuni: (to Jayapataka) Let's go.
Prabhupada: Yes. Indian printing? Purchase?
Gargamuni: Yes. This is Indian printing.
Gargamuni: Yes. [Break]
Prabhupada: So, so far the building is concerned, that is already settled up.
Jayapataka: Yes, that's all set up.
Prabhupada: Then what other?
Jayapataka: There were some other lighter matters. When I was traveling in my preaching, then last time in Mayapura, when that Haridaspur, when they offered, you mentioned to me that you liked that we develop these holy spots. So just as a matter of convenience, whenever I was near any holy spot that you mentioned in the Caitanya-caritamrta I would go and just visit the place. So in my tours, one place I went to was very nice, and that sevaite, he spontaneously, when I showed him all your work, he offered me that he would like to give the temple to you. That temple is much, much more developed than Haridaspur. That's the temple of Mahesa Pandita.
Jayapataka: And that is the seventeenth branch of Lord Nityananda. It's got the personal Deities of Nitai-Gaura that he used to worship. It's got a building worth about fifty thousand rupees on it. A nice, brand new natha-mandira. This man is Shri Keshav Priya Brahmacari. He's a disciple of that Krishna Prem, that Mr. Nixtan or something.
Jayapataka: He talked personally with Bhaktisiddhanta, I heard, in Sanskrit many years ago. He's a disciple.
Prabhupada: He's Indian or...?
Jayapataka: Well, it's an unusual story that that man was a pilot in the World War, and he was flying over Himalayas or something, and he saw Krsna in his mind's eye or something, and then, then he was shot down, he saw Krsna, and then, when he landed, he searched out who he saw, and he came to Vrndavana or something and saw the Deity of Krsna, and he became initiated at Radha-Ramana temple.
Jayapataka: This is that guru story. Now he only made a few disciples, and he always was chanting. Also Panditji, he knew more. I don't know so much about his guru but I've heard a little bit that his foreigner became a guru or became a Vaisnava.
Jayapataka: His previous name is Nixton, he initiated name was Krishna Prem.
Prabhupada: Oh, yes. He was in Almora.
Jayapataka: Almora, yes. I don't know exactly where Almora is.
Prabhupada: Almora is a hilly station, Himalaya. If... Almora, one goes from Lucknow.
Jayapataka: So this brahmacari is a disciple of him. Therefore he doesn't have any connection. There's no sampradaya anymore because his guru's disappeared, and somehow he's got this seva. These are the Deities there of Nitai-Gaura. There's about twelve salagrama-silas also. And a little Radha-Gopinatha. This is all mentioned in your purport. It's only about four or five hundred yards. I could read from it.
Prabhupada: Eh? No, that's all right.
Jayapataka: It's four or five hundred yards from the Palpara Railway Station. It's the next station from Chuktaha, under Chuktaha police station.
Prabhupada: Chuktaha? Chugda.
Jayapataka: Chugda: That's where you take your... That mango orchard where you take your lunch? That's just the nearest place go Chugda. So he was very pleased with all the work that you are doing. He's in Vrndavana now for Janmastami. He hadn't been to Vrndavana for about five years, so he went to Vrndavana for darsana. He may be there even when you go. I'm not sure if he'll be there.
Prabhupada: You have advised to see our temple?
Jayapataka: Yes, he'll definitely visit. I also gave him an introduction that if he goes, he should be received there. He's got... The present place where the Deities are situated is on four cuttas(?) of land. And apart from that, where Mahesa Pandita's samadhi is, he's got three bighas of land. That's right next door to a four-hundred-year-old temple.
Prabhupada: Chugda is to the... It is from Shrirampuri? No.
Jayapataka: No, it's on this side of the Ganges. It's on the eastern side of the Ganges.
Prabhupada: Oh, eastern.
Prabhupada: Hm, yes.
Jayapataka: That is run by Madhava Maharaja. That's in actual Chugda, and this is another mile or two miles from Chugda. That Jagadisa Pandita Mandira has got big Jagannatha Deity and one stick which Jagadisa Pandita carried the Jagannatha Deity from Jagannatha Puri with. I saw both temples. They told me there that "You should see this temple, very lovable Deities." I went in. Actually the Deities are very beautiful and very well kept. Just like in Madhava Maharaja's mandira, underneath the simhasana they didn't wash. Only in front. But this man, everything was neat and clean. It looked like a thriving, more or less, a thriving place.
Prabhupada: So difficulty is that if we take charge, we may give it for worshiping to one disciple, but the immigration department will gag him. That is the difficulty. And we don't have many Indian disciples. Otherwise we can take all these important places.
Jayapataka: Also, last time I was in Calcutta and I saw Tarun Kanti Ghosh, then he mentioned to me again that the people from Panihati, this time that they had reached a decision that they wanted to give us the seva of Raghava Pandita's house.
Prabhupada: So we take. Let us take it.
Jayapataka: That's a very important... But that's in dilapidated state.
Prabhupada: We shall repair.
Jayapataka: In the letter of the Home Minister where he said that every disciple can stay for two years, possibly if he allowed that in every center, if a minimum of a few people could stay for citizenship that might...
Jayapataka: Ordinary, by rotation and three, two or three or four permanent, by citizen, if he allowed to stay...
Jayapataka: Then that would solve the problem.
Prabhupada: Yes. That make.
Jayapataka: Not too many.
Prabhupada: Not too many. Say at least five. They will manage.
Jayapataka: Four or five. All others on rotation.
Prabhupada: They they will manage, and if they allow two years, that's all right. One devotee comes, another goes, another... That will be done.
Jayapataka: Because some that are acclimatized, it is difficult for training up. A few people are better to stay there that are trained up on that basis. I think with Mr. Putnaik and others that... Because he also wants that Orissan development... They can understand that it is important to have one or two people that are known people stay there. If every two years a change is, that is disadvantage.
Jayapataka: He's doing nice in Bhuvanesvar.
Prabhupada: Yes. He has already few cottages?
Jayapataka: Of course, I didn't see myself. I heard he has got a few cottages, three, four cottages.
Prabhupada: So our Gargamuni has seen?
Jayapataka: Yes, I think Gargamuni has seen. Gargamuni is giving him some help. He printed one Orissan book, and he gives him sometimes some books and help. He is fixed up, that Gaura-Govinda.
Prabhupada: He's fixed up. That's nice. Let him translate in Orissa and, if possible, in Hindi. And give him few devotees. Then he'll be encouraged.
Jayapataka: I think he has got two or three devotees now. This man himself is a pretty capable worker. He's somewhat like Prabhu Swarupa, only a little older, little more mature. He's about forty-five or so. He's been able to collect about, what I can see, about fifty thousand rupees for one natha-mandira. And he has a couple thousand people. I heard from the Gaudiya Matha. They say they have big utsavas there. Every year two three thousand people come.
Jayapataka: So he's a capable...
Jayapataka:...manager in his own right. He wanted to meet you.
Prabhupada: So let us cooperate with him. You take it. And he is there. In the meantime, our men may be trained up.
Jayapataka: He's invited us to come. He has some festival coming. Then we can just go...
Prabhupada: Yes. That...
Jayapataka: ...and keep a good relationship.
Prabhupada: Oh, yes.
Jayapataka: The main one is in December.
Prabhupada: Our difficulty is this immigration. If we can manage this, then all such places we can take. There is no question. The only thing is that government is gagging. One has to go and it means ten thousand rupees unnecessarily. If that ten thousand rupees was invested in developing that center, much improvement could be done. But they are gagging. They are dreaming, "CIA."
Jayapataka: When I go back, I'll see this Raghava Pandita because there the MLA, he himself wants it because that's a very important place and it's going bad.
Prabhupada: So that MLA can help us to get some citizenship.
Jayapataka: With MLA and Tarun Kanti Ghosh...
Jayapataka:...we can use them for pushing because they are personally interested.
Jayapataka: they'll be able to help.
Prabhupada: You can bring so many men and keep everyone in charge of such places, and it will develop. Money, there is no scarcity. But the difficulty is as soon as we establish, the immigration, "You go away." This is... What is this? You say the MLA and this Tarun Kanti." This is our difficulty. Otherwise there is no difficulty. We can take all the charge and develop them very nicely." So if one man is kept in charge, and after few months he's advised, "Go away," then all his training goes to hell and we have to spend another ten thousand rupees. This is the difficulty. What... We are not... Not a single case there is that we have taken any part in politics. So give us some facility. We can take charge of everything. Tell them that actually that is fact, that there is no scarcity of money. We can bring money from America and develop. There is no difficulty at all. The difficulty is the immigration department. You can say that "Prabhupada has put this philosophy, andha..." What is that? Pangu. Andha-pangu-nyaya. Blind and... Depends on this... Blind and... I think you have already know. Blind man, lame man. One man is blind, another man is lame. Both of them are useless. But when they combine, the blind man takes the lame man on his shoulder, and the lame man gives direction to the blind man, "Go this way. Go this way." So he walks. So both of them are benefited. So America has got money but blind. And India has got culture but lame. So let us combine. Then things will be done very nice. Andha-pangu-nyaya. Just like I am the same man. I was finding difficulty to start this mission in India, very, very difficult. With great hardship I published three books. But as soon as I went America, the andha-pangu-nyaya became successful. So this is the the position. So instead of becoming envious from political... We have nothing to do with... To the Americans unnecessarily thinking that "CIA, CIA..." Let American money and India's culture combine together, and the whole world will be benefited. America has got enough money; they can spend. Either they give me as the price of my book or anything, money is there like anything. India has got culture. So Indian culture, Vedic culture, Bhagavad-gita culture, pushed through American money, the whole world will be benefited. Convince them. It is not the question of India, America, here... It is a cultural movement for the benefit of the whole world. Prthivite ache yata nagaradi-grama. It is cultural movement. Caitanya Mahaprabhu's movement is aiming prthivite ache yata nagaradi. So Tarun Babu, you are such a devotee of Caitanya. Caitanya Mahaprabhu wants it. Prthivite ache yata... Why don't you help us? Your family is devotee of Lord Caitanya, and this is spreading Caitanya's mission. You should give up everything and join this movement, if you are actually a devotee of Caitanya Mahaprabhu. And Prabhupada says that he knows at your heart you want that Caitanya's movement is spread all over the world, so far he has studied you. So let us join together. Why we should unnecessarily be biased, American and Indian and this way and that way. Let us join together and spread Caitanya Mahaprabhu's movement all over the... They'll be happy. Everyone they'll be happy. Will be happy. It is such a nice... India will be glorified. America will be glorified." If we... You came here. You have got so much strength. If you work continually, the whole world will be... So those who are offering, take. Take those places. Let us begin. If anyone wants some property, we should take immediately. You said there is already building costing fifty thousand? So that's a property. So if they are offering, you take it and develop. These are historical places. Haridaspur is also historical, I think. Hm?
Prabhupada: Vena? Venapur is nearby. Two miles.
Jayapataka: Two or three miles.
Prabhupada: That's it, the same facility, two or three miles.
Jayapataka: No, that's been, Haridaspur, since time of Lord Caitanya, for many, many years, four hundred... Right from the time of Lord Caitanya they are calling that. They say there's no doubt that Haridasa Thakura came that way.
Prabhupada: That must be. It is 2-two-three miles. If he was a person belonging to Venapur, so two-three miles surrounding he must have gone. There is no doubt. And if you can establish good relationship with Pakistan, Bangladesh, then our whole question is solved. Go there, seek some preaching and come here, and all these motor care problems...
Gargamuni: I don't want to sell them, you know...
Prabhupada: No, it is a very...
Gargamuni: Because we took great hardship to bring them.
Gargamuni: Why we should sell them? They are so useful.
Gargamuni: They have done so much work already.
Prabhupada: It is... Nowadays motor vehicle driving is an important item for anyone. We have spread Krsna consciousness so quickly on account of the modern transport facilities, so we must take it as favorable. Anukulyena krsnanusilanam [Cc. Madhya 19.167]. Anukula, favorable. Favorable, favorable. It is not we have got concern with material. That is not Rupa Gosvami's... prapancikataya buddhya hari-sambandhi... This cars can be used for spreading Krsna consciousness; why it should be condemned? That is not intelligence. Rupa Gosvami condemns it. Prapancikataya buddhya hari-sambandhi-vastunah. Things which is in the service of the Lord, if we think it is material, then that is not vairagya. That is not renouncement. That is foolishness. [Break]
Jayapataka: When I was traveling in Burdwan, there we saw the big palace of Maharaja of Burdwan
Jayapataka: Gigantic. He has given that to the university. Then we did a kirtana at his... He has one temple of Radha-kanta. That's present acarya is about a twenty-two-year old boy. He's in the sampradaya of Nimbarka Svami. So he doesn't know anything about, very much about spiritual life, although he is following the tradition. That's such a vast... That building is vast. I can't explain to you how big that is. It's at least five times bigger than our building in all ways, and... It is a huge compound. He has got much land in the name of the Deity. So he's becoming a member because he wants to read your books to understand about Lord Caitanya and spiritual...
Prabhupada: Now for making member you should be very clear so that no misunderstanding takes place. Books, we shall give five books.
Gargamuni: Yes, that...
Gargamuni: On my form I have already printed we give five books.
Prabhupada: "When you finish, you return this; you take another. When you finish that..." In this way.
Gargamuni: What we've been doing with members in Calcutta, members who want more of the books, they sign the standing order and they pay us for the books.
Prabhupada: That is another thing.
Gargamuni: Every month. One book a month and they pay.
Prabhupada: That's all right.
Gargamuni: And they sign the standing order.
Prabhupada: That's nice.
Gargamuni: So we have taken many personal standing orders.
Gargamuni: We have one boy Santosa. He goes door to door, meeting Bengali men, and they are signing standing orders and taking Caitanya-caritamrta. He has already done four standing orders in about ten days' time.
Prabhupada: Bengalis? Bengalis?
Gargamuni: Yes, only to Bengalis. Because it's in their language...
Gargamuni: They can read.
Prabhupada: No, it is in English. Anyone can.
Jayapataka: I tell the members that "You can't get any Bhagavatams," because there's too many.