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 Prabhupada‚Äôs 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 ‚ÄúSeeking Matchless Gifts‚ÄĚ), 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.
It‚Äôs a distinct possibility, though. Once again, I reach out to you‚ÄĒPrabhupada‚Äôs disciples, grand-disciples and followers‚ÄĒto 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 ‚Äúsmall storefront‚ÄĚ that they read about in the Prabhupada-Lilamrita; the place where it all began.
A lot of people are talking about HH Mukunda Maharaja‚Äôs new book, Miracle on 2nd Avenue. Well, another miracle is needed now, 45 years later‚ÄĒone that preserves a big part of ISKCON‚Äôs heritage, and you can be a part of it. Our total expenses are under $2,000 a month. Won‚Äôt you please consider becoming a regular monthly sponsor to save 26 2nd Avenue?
Please contact me at email@example.com 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