“Another examination will be held sometime in 1971 on the four books Bhagavad-gita, Srimad Bhagavatam, Teachings of Lord Chaitanya, and The Nectar of Devotion. One who will pass this examination will be awarded the title of Bhakti-vedanta. I want that all of my spiritual sons and daughters will inherit this title Bhakti-vedanta, so that the family transcendental diploma will continue through the generations. Those possessing the title of Bhakti-vedanta will be allowed to initiated disciples. Maybe by 1975 all of my disciples will be allowed to initiate and increase the numbers of generations. That is my program. So we should not simply publish these books for reading by the outsiders, but our students must be well-versed in all of our books so that we can be prepared to defeat all the opposing parties in the matter of self-realization.”

(SPL to Hamsaduta, 3rd December, 1968)


“Regarding your questions the examinations to be given, the girls will also be able to take these. In Krsna consciousness there is no distinction between girls and boys. The girls also may become preachers if they are able.”

(SPL to Himavati, 24th January, 1969)

“I am just looking over the letter that you have given to me in New Vrindavana, so I shall reply to it herewith. You are a very good girl and I have seen with pleasure your advancement in Krsna consciousness. It appears that in your previous life you had vultures this knowledge and on account of your pious life you have got a very good son who is developing in Krsna consciousness. So New Vrindavana is the right place for you now, simultaneously to advance in Krsna consciousness and to take your boy directly in your presence. I have advised Kirtanananda Maharaja that girls who are living in New Vrindavana should be engaged in the following activities:

1) taking care of the children 2) cleaning the temple, kitchen, etc 3) cooking and 4) churning butter. So for the time being, you remain in New Vrindavan, follow the principles carefully, and I am sure that your life will be successful.”

(SPL to Labangalatika, 24th June, 1969)

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare

Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare