By Parvati devi dasi
22 November 2007
Dear Maharaja’s and Prabhu’s,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.
We have just finished an ecstatic 30th Disappearance Festival for Srila Prabhupada at his divine Samadhi, with an international gathering of thousands.
Several people have come forward for different services. Most recently, Bhaktisiddhanta das has finally after 10 years decided to complete the brass panels which are temporarily occupied by the two large paintings in back of the altar. This past summer he actually made the first wax stage, which unfortunately got melted down in the Vrndavana summer heat.
Now it is winter; the time is ideal; Bhaktisiddanta is on a roll; and he is not charging us for his work. They will be two enormous bas relief collages depicting all of Prabhupada’s amazing accomplishments.
To do the final brass casting for both panels in the next three or four months, we will only need around $12,000. Manu das and his daughter Meera has come forward to cover these costs. I will gratefully acknowledge them for posterity along with the brass written descriptive material which will go underneath the frames.
Another project which is almost as long overdue is the gold plating of the lotus surrounding the vyasasan. Gold-leafing unfortunately does not last very long because of the continual rubbing that occurs. I haven’t got exact figures, but I believe this will cost around $16,000. If it is more, I’ll send out an amendment. Acknowledgement cannot go on the altar, but I am preparing a list of donors from the beginning of the building of the Samadhi that will go up on the wall behind the altar on the first floor.
Donations for this can go there too.
In fact, I am putting out a call for anyone who can remember donating to this building fund, should kindly let me know so I can complete my list.
International money orders (personal checks entail a very long process), bank drafts of foreign money (made out to ISKCON, account # 321, State Bank of India, Pratap Bazaar, Vrndavana, U.P., or bank transfers using ac/#210321 and routing code 2502), or Traveler’s Checks and cash sent by hand reach here more reliably than something sent through the mail. Drafts in rupees may be made out to ISKCON ac/#765, SBI ISKCON Ext. Counter, Vrndavana. However you do it, communicate it to me so I know to look for it in case of technical delays; contact me please here in Vrndavana at (firstname.lastname@example.org).
To insure appropriate handling, address your envelope to Samadhi Maintenance Fund, attention Parvati devi dasi WITH A COVERING LETTER. Please state your name, address and the purpose of the donation, so proper documentation can be made and receipts can be sent.
I thank all of you for helping me to serve the Samadhi better and beg to remain
Parvati devi dasi, Samadhi Office