Open letter from Srila B.A. Paramadvaiti Maharaja in regard to the arson, which burned down the above Bhajan Kutir:
10 May 1998
Dandavats and blessings respectively.
I just recieved the news from Vrinda
Kunja that our Library and Visitorquarters burned down. Most likely the fire
was set by some envious person for no known reason. Due too the heat of the
summer and the straw roof the fire spread quickly and practically destroyed
the buildings. No people were hurt.
My dear Lord Krishna. Preaching your glories is our life and soul.
I was proud of these nice ecological buildings and you do not like any pride.
Even though we trusted you it was very dangerous to have the grass roofs
hanging over too the street. I had been warned about it.
Please forgive us to give any trouble in your holy Dham. We will reconstruct
the buildings in a way which will not burn. If anybody likes to help in that
he can write to me.
I must say that I am kind of fanatic for the ecological buildings. But the
Hurrican in Mayapur which distroyed the roof of the Prem Tol and now this fire
is making me think again. We should make small constructions which are not in
great danger or very valuable or we should construct solid not to waste time
and Laksmi later.
My heart is feeling now, stronger then ever, that life is only meant to preach
and talk about Krishna. Progree in any direction without Hari Katha every day
is only waste of life and energy. We should live as easy as possible, but we
should put all the emphazis on loving Krishna and talking about him. I talked
lately too much about ecology and our constructionprojects. I do not want to
change our priorities. First comes Krishna and his devotees. Just to cover the
head we may construct some insignificant dwelling to facilitate Hari Katha.
All glories to the trees and creepers of Vrindavan.