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Letter of January 6, 1993
Dear sankirtana devotees of the CIS,
Please accept my blessings or respects.
I am very pleased to address you on this day when you are all meeting in Moscow after the most successful marathon ever performed by any country in the history of ISKCON. you have exceeded even the most optimistic expectation Ml glories to you all, who are so wonderfully executing the mission of Shrila Prabhupada and Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. They must be so pleased with all of you. We cannot even imagine how pleased they are, but if you continue to spread Krsna con-sciousness throughout the CIS by distributing so many books like you are presently doing (and what to speak of increasing the distribution even more!), it is certain that you will become fully Krsna conscious in this lifetime and attain the personal association of the Supreme Lord, Shri Krsna.
Shrila Prabhupada wrote to the German devotees in 1977, "Know it for certain that there is no better way fo preach Krsna consciousness than through the distribution of these books." This means that although other methods of preaching die effective, and ihey uiusi go on, tne most eiieciive anu important means of preaching is through the distribution of Shrila Prabhupada's books.Shrila Prabhupada also wrote to me in 1976 that he considered that the preaching in Poland would be a great success because I was distributing his books to the people there. And we have seen that the preaching was a success and is growing more and more because they are also distributing Shrila Prabhupada's books with enthusiasm. Please be satisfied by distributing these books. This work is our life's mission. If we can flood the CIS with these transcendental books, we can completely change the mentality of the people from materialism to spiritualism. Prabhupada said that if even one percent of the world's population takes up Krsna consciousness, then the whole world can change. Therefore, we have to continually preach Krsna consciousness by all means and methods to bring these people to the transcendental platform. So let the primary preaching go on unlimitedly in the form of the transcendental distribution of these books. Be happy distributing these books, for there is no other service that can make you as free and satisfied.
Sometimes we think of material things and become absorbed in ideas of sense gratification. But these ideas are merely mental concoctions that cannot help us attain happiness. Happiness, according to the material calculation, does not exist in truth; for a short amount of time before the concomitant miseries of the material nature begin. Such happiness is only a short filling between the layers of misery. Who can be happy in this material world? The people of the CIS thought that they would be happy if they changed their system, but the miseries of the material world have remained. Until they change their hearts and accept Krsna into their lives, they will never be able to get out of the various miserable conditions that will continue to haunt them until death. Let us become perfectly happy by engaging ourselves in the devotional service of the lord with all our hearts and souls Let us devote ourselves to the sankirtana mission with all enthusiasm. Enthusiasm is the first quality favorable for the increase of uevotional scivice. lcl luc enthusiasm you now feel after this successful marathon push you forward into the year 1993, so that the sankirtana can continue with full force into the future. Actually we are on a twenty-year marathon, and we have completed one year of it. There is no cessation of this sankirtana mission; it will go on increasingly as time goes by. Utilize your youthful lives to push out these books in greater and greater quantities. We are young now, and we have the energy to make this sankirtana mission work. As time goes by the body grows older, and this can cause (in the conditioned soul) a decrease in the energy available for distributing books. Therefore, just go on distributing books more and more while you have a young form. It will be to your eternal credit. When you eventually face the Lord, He will remark, "Ah, you are a sankirtana devotee'" The Lord loves to associate with His sankirtana devotees.
Go on regularly hearing and chanting nicely sixteen rounds of the Hare Krsna mantra, following the four regulative principles, and coming to the programs in the temple. And then, with great strength and enthusiasm, distribute Shrila Prabhu-pada's books more and more. This is the perfection of life. May Shrila Prabhupada bless you. May Krsna and Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu bless you, as well as Srlmati Radharani, the most merciful consort of the Lord. Please go on serving the Lord in this way and become perfect in your preaching mission. Thank you for allowing me to associate with you all. I shall become purified in your association. Hare Krsna. I hope this meets you in good health and a happy serving mood.