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Dear Srila Prabhupada,

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to the eternal spiritual master
and topmost swan-like devotee of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Sri Krishna.

There is so much we have to be grateful for, and I can hardly find words sufficient to describe
the degree of gratitude we feel towards you. We were all lost in the dense darkness of material life,
wandering aimlessly through lifetimes of repeated birth and death. Somewhere along the way,
by the will of providence, we came into contact with the divine representative and leader of
Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu's mission in the current age. Inspired from within by the Supreme Lord
Who is seated in the region of the heart as Supersoul, we knew enough to fall at your feet and take shelter
of your teachings as the permanent solution to our misery.

Srila Prabhupada, I was drawn to the association of your humble servants who had been sent by
you to Paris, France in 1969 to spread Krishna consciousness and the chanting of the Holy Name.
They were living under a bridge and holding meetings at the American Center on the Boulevard
Raspail. Near this center of intellectual activity, they found a small room on Rue Boulard where they
were able to prepare meals and meet together daily for prasadam. They announced at one Sunday
meeting that they had received an eviction notice because their neighbors had complained
to the landlord about choking on the vapors produced by the spicy chaunce they prepared daily. They asked,
"Does anyone know of a place where we can do our cooking and offer our mid-day meal to
Krishna?" I raised my hand and replied, "I know a place.... MY place!" And so my relationship with the
devotees of Krishna began to fructify.

A few weeks later, Umapati prabhu received a letter from your Divine Grace in which you asked him to
thank that American boy Lew for inviting devotees to use his apartment as a base of operations. It was
from that moment forward that I felt firmly connected to your mission. Since then, I have always tried to
remain steadfast in following your instructions. On August 18th of that year, 1970, you wrote that you were
accepting me as your duly initiated disciple, and you mentioned that you appreciated how humbly I had
approached my spiritual master. In that letter, sent from Tokyo, Japan, you clarified that the purpose of
my life would be to assist you in spreading the Krishna consciousness movement throughout the world.

The following year, I received the sacred thread from your hand at the Bury Place temple in London
on that most auspicious occasion of the appearance day of Srimati Radharani. Shortly thereafter
I volunteered to open a center in Geneva, Switzerland accompanied by Guru Gauranga prabhu who
I had the honor of recommending for first initiation. I later re-located to serve as temple president
in Amsterdam, but Guru Gauranga prabhu remained dedicated to developing Switzerland as his
preaching field and prabhu-datta-desa over the past forty-five years.

Amsterdam was an amazing opportunity for us to serve you and push forward the Sankirtana movement
through outdoor Harinam Sankirtana, traveling book distribution, prasadam distribution in the Vondel Park,
Sunday feast programs attended by 400 guests with classes given in six languages at the same time in
separate rooms in the temple building, the installation of Sri Sri Gaura Nitai, the publishing of the Dutch
Back to Godhead magazine, On the Way to Krishna and Krishna Book, the opening of the first Govinda's
restaurant in Europe, and two crowning achievements -- the translation and publishing of the Bhagavad-gita
As It is in the Dutch language and the installation of Their Lordships, Sri Sri Radha Gopinath. It was like a
Golden Age of Krishna consciousness. There were too many great devotees in Amsterdam to name who had dedicated themselves to serving you in full surrender, but I have to mention Hayesvara prabhu, who was translating
your books, Hari Krishna das, Malati dasi, Tirthasadaka prabhu, Parividha prabhu (our head pujari), Mrgapati
and Mahavidya prabhus (sankirtana leaders). Then there were other first class devotees like Vimuktasanga
and Mathura prabhus, Atmananda and Jnanaraja prabhus, Jaya Gopala prabhu, Vasuttama prabhu, Ranadurmada prabhu, Ramaniya dasi, Ardra mataji, Guru Bhakta, Marutvati, Rama devi, Asta Sakhi, Sailendria, Ugrasena, and many, many others.

From Amsterdam, it was on to Tel Aviv, Israel, but I will save that adventure for my next Vyasa Puja offering. Srila Prabhupada, I once asked you on a morning walk, "What is the last covering of the spirit soul?" to which you
replied, "False ego... THINKING I AM AN AMERICAN," as you looked me straight in the eye. After thirteen years
of preaching on the European front, I returned to New York City, the site of your first temple in the Western world
and the place of my birth in this lifetime, where I have been performing devotional service for the past thirty-five
years. Except for the dust of your lotus feet having purified this place, I do not think of my birthplace as worshipable.
But New York has been saved by the presence of Sri Sri Radha Govinda and by all of the Harinam Sankirtana
and books that have been distributed here over five decades. In fact, our chanting party just returned this weekend
for the first time since 9-11-2001 to what became known as Ground Zero at the World Trade Center after the
infamous terrorist attack perpetrated on that day. I know you will be very pleased to learn that your devotees are performing the yuga-dharma at this very significant location which has become a major thoroughfare for many thousands of people who pass through during every hour of every day.

Dear Srila Prabhupada, it is with all the humility at my command that I bow down at your lotus feet and ask that
you continue to engage me in the mission of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and the service of the Divine Couple,
Sri Sri Radha and Krishna, for all the days of my life. I beg to remain

Your eternal servant,
Locanananda dasa
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Dear Srila Prabhupada,

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to the eternal spiritual master
and topmost swan-like devotee of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Sri Krishna.

There is so much we have to be grateful for, and I can hardly find words sufficient to describe
the degree of gratitude we feel towards you. We were all lost in the dense darkness of material life,
wandering aimlessly through lifetimes of repeated birth and death. Somewhere along the way,
by the will of providence, we came into contact with the divine representative and leader of
Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu's mission in the current age. Inspired from within by the Supreme Lord
Who is seated in the region of the heart as Supersoul, we knew enough to fall at your feet and take shelter
of your teachings as the permanent solution to our misery.

Srila Prabhupada, I was drawn to the association of your humble servants who had been sent by
you to Paris, France in 1969 to spread Krishna consciousness and the chanting of the Holy Name.
They were living under a bridge and holding meetings at the American Center on the Boulevard
Raspail. Near this center of intellectual activity, they found a small room on Rue Boulard where they
were able to prepare meals and meet together daily for prasadam. They announced at one Sunday
meeting that they had received an eviction notice because their neighbors had complained
to the landlord about choking on the vapors produced by the spicy chaunce they prepared daily. They asked,
"Does anyone know of a place where we can do our cooking and offer our mid-day meal to
Krishna?" I raised my hand and replied, "I know a place.... MY place!" And so my relationship with the
devotees of Krishna began to fructify.

A few weeks later, Umapati prabhu received a letter from your Divine Grace in which you asked him to
thank that American boy Lew for inviting devotees to use his apartment as a base of operations. It was
from that moment forward that I felt firmly connected to your mission. Since then, I have always tried to
remain steadfast in following your instructions. On August 18th of that year, 1970, you wrote that you were
accepting me as your duly initiated disciple, and you mentioned that you appreciated how humbly I had
approached my spiritual master. In that letter, sent from Tokyo, Japan, you clarified that the purpose of
my life would be to assist you in spreading the Krishna consciousness movement throughout the world.

The following year, I received the sacred thread from your hand at the Bury Place temple in London
on that most auspicious occasion of the appearance day of Srimati Radharani. Shortly thereafter
I volunteered to open a center in Geneva, Switzerland accompanied by Guru Gauranga prabhu who
I had the honor of recommending for first initiation. I later re-located to serve as temple president
in Amsterdam, but Guru Gauranga prabhu remained dedicated to developing Switzerland as his
preaching field and prabhu-datta-desa over the past forty-five years.

Amsterdam was an amazing opportunity for us to serve you and push forward the Sankirtana movement
through outdoor Harinam Sankirtana, traveling book distribution, prasadam distribution in the Vondel Park,
Sunday feast programs attended by 400 guests with classes given in six languages at the same time in
separate rooms in the temple building, the installation of Sri Sri Gaura Nitai, the publishing of the Dutch
Back to Godhead magazine, On the Way to Krishna and Krishna Book, the opening of the first Govinda's
restaurant in Europe, and two crowning achievements -- the translation and publishing of the Bhagavad-gita
As It is in the Dutch language and the installation of Their Lordships, Sri Sri Radha Gopinath. It was like a
Golden Age of Krishna consciousness. There were too many great devotees in Amsterdam to name who had dedicated themselves to serving you in full surrender, but I have to mention Hayesvara prabhu, who was translating
your books, Hari Krishna das, Malati dasi, Tirthasadaka prabhu, Parividha prabhu (our head pujari), Mrgapati
and Mahavidya prabhus (sankirtana leaders). Then there were other first class devotees like Vimuktasanga
and Mathura prabhus, Atmananda and Jnanaraja prabhus, Jaya Gopala prabhu, Vasuttama prabhu, Ranadurmada prabhu, Ramaniya dasi, Ardra mataji, Guru Bhakta, Marutvati, Rama devi, Asta Sakhi, Sailendria, Ugrasena, and many, many others.

From Amsterdam, it was on to Tel Aviv, Israel, but I will save that adventure for my next Vyasa Puja offering. Srila Prabhupada, I once asked you on a morning walk, "What is the last covering of the spirit soul?" to which you
replied, "False ego... THINKING I AM AN AMERICAN," as you looked me straight in the eye. After thirteen years
of preaching on the European front, I returned to New York City, the site of your first temple in the Western world
and the place of my birth in this lifetime, where I have been performing devotional service for the past thirty-five
years. Except for the dust of your lotus feet having purified this place, I do not think of my birthplace as worshipable.
But New York has been saved by the presence of Sri Sri Radha Govinda and by all of the Harinam Sankirtana
and books that have been distributed here over five decades. In fact, our chanting party just returned this weekend
for the first time since 9-11-2001 to what became known as Ground Zero at the World Trade Center after the
infamous terrorist attack perpetrated on that day. I know you will be very pleased to learn that your devotees are performing the yuga-dharma at this very significant location which has become a major thoroughfare for many thousands of people who pass through during every hour of every day.

Dear Srila Prabhupada, it is with all the humility at my command that I bow down at your lotus feet and ask that
you continue to engage me in the mission of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and the service of the Divine Couple,
Sri Sri Radha and Krishna, for all the days of my life. I beg to remain

Your eternal servant,
Locanananda dasa
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Locanananda dasa
Initiated by letter dated August 18, 1970

The fire ceremony was performed by TKG in my
apartment three weeks before the letter of 8/18/1970.The letter was sent from Tokyo, Japan to Paris, France.