By Yadunath das
Did you just experience the same sinking feeling in your heart upon reading this headline that I did upon writing it?
A few months back, I wrote you all asking for monthly financial support to help keep Prabhupadaâ€™s 1st western temple up, running and under ISKCON care. My reasoning was that this temple is of global concern and surely the worldwide ISKCON community has a stake in whether or not its bills can be paid.
I may have been wrong.
Since posting my plea (titled â€śSeeking Matchless Giftsâ€ť), only one devotee has stepped forward to make a monthly donation (I thank you again, prabhu). I know when I read a worthy solicitation like this I often think that many others will come save the day, so the small donation that I would be able to give will probably be rendered moot. Please know that that is not the case. And as for the above headline, it is not true.
Itâ€™s a distinct possibility, though. Once again, I reach out to youâ€”Prabhupadaâ€™s disciples, grand-disciples and followersâ€”to save this historic place for the legions of future followers who will marvel at being able to actually visit the exact spot where Prabhupada started his movement; the â€śsmall storefrontâ€ť that they read about in the Prabhupada-Lilamrita; the place where it all began.
A lot of people are talking about HH Mukunda Maharajaâ€™s new book, Miracle on 2nd Avenue. Well, another miracle is needed now, 45 years laterâ€”one that preserves a big part of ISKCONâ€™s heritage, and you can be a part of it. Our total expenses are under $2,000 a month. Wonâ€™t you please consider becoming a regular monthly sponsor to save 26 2nd Avenue?
Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to krishnanyc.com/giving.html to create a secure subscription via PayPal. All donations are tax deductible.
Yours in the service of ISKCON,
Treasurer, 26 2nd Avenue