Recipe for Success in Spiritual Life !!

Dearest devotees,
Dandavats. All glories to Sri Sri Guru and Gauranga. All glories to Srila Prabhupad.

While rummaging through my cupboard, I stumbled upon this letter from Maharaj dated 8/02/1997 and it caught my attention instantly by dint of the fact that as a footnote of the letter, Maharaj had mentioned that this letter be printed out and circulated to everybody. As he himself pens it,  "Pls show to every body. It will be useful to anybody." But somehow due to an unfortunate combination of many factors, primarily laziness I failed to execute his instruction then. Now I am 5 years late but I reasoned that better be late than never at all!! I thought that this sanga might be an appropriate platform to host the contents of this letter, which is remarkably illuminating of the spiritual precepts that we ought to adhere to in order to find success in devotional service and yet simultaneously grope our way through the material mire. I have reproduced the letter as was originally written albeit with some minor editing and omission of certain portions which I deemed to be of a personal nature pertaining to myself. Wishing one and all a pleasant and blissfully inspiring reading - Hari Haribol!!

Your servant,
Samanjas Das

Hare Krsna
Dwaraka Dham
8-02-97 Sat

Dearest Samanjas,

Please accept my heartfelt blessings. A.G.T.S.P. All glories to Sri Sri Rukmini Dwarkadhishji.

I am in receipt of your letter dated 22-01-97. Extremely pleased to go through the contents. If you expertly manage your studies etc at present and do expertly your material activities and in your spare time be sincere to chant 16 rounds and scrutinizingly study B.G & S.B or any book written by him or about him, then be sure dearest son, you are always with me, do not worry at all wherever you may be. Four regulative principles must be very seriously and sincerely followed.

You can serve by using your intelligence. I went through your notes on B.G verses. You have nearly covered all important points. At the moment, please concentrate on your studies. But soon Sri Krsna will give you sufficient time to update your notes, by supplementing with B.G verses you have referred to and relevant verses and stories from S.B regarding the same subject. 

As soon as you settle in your service or any job, other developments are bound to follow by Krsna's mercy. Srila Prabhupad's lectures are alive eternally. Please grasp all inspiration and unlimited knowledge from them.

Please expertly do the material duties, that will bring you in the mode of goodness and then in goodness, with full force and purity you chant and study the scriptures scrutinizingly and as you intensely desire, prepare detailed notes. In future we will have to print books. 

Please keep all this ready in your mind and Krsna will catch your finger and lead you to enlighten the public at large.

I must stop here. Krsna willing see you in the end of March 97.

I hope this meets you in good health and KC.

I remain,
Yours Ever Wellwisher
Mahavishnu Goswami