I quoted a powerful statement coming from Herbert Hoover, the 31st president of the US, which we could deeply accept in the core of our hearts in order to carry Lord Caitanya's Sankirtan movement to higher levels: "If we could have but one generation of properly born, trained, educated and healthy children, a thousand other problems of government would vanish. We would assure ourselves of healthier minds and vigorous bodies, to direct the energies of our nation to greater hights of achievement."
As long as we find it difficult to embrace spiritual culture, our children will always be seen as a burden and disturbance, and naturally they will feel this and will not be attracted to Krsna consciousness. We require a deep paradigm shift and transformation of our attitude. And as we will be able to more and more live our world view and philosophy, very naturally our children will be moved into the center of our lives. It is a matter of systematic training and education. Therefore the Institute for Spiritual Culture has launched a new course of 15 hours on this topic of "Children in Spiritual Culture", which was offered during January and was well attended and received.
Ananda Tirtha Prabhu and his wife Radha Sundari Mataji gave insights into various aspects of parenting, sharing realizations and convictions from their own personal experience. Radhika Nagara Prabhu focused on the deeper understanding of Garbhadhana Samskara and the secrets of inviting a special soul to take birth in our family. Young boys from the Gurukula chanted the Siksastakam prayers, offering us an example of "Vaikuntha Children". I clarified the title of the program by sharing one of Srila Prabhupada's famous quotes from a letter to Arundhati in 1972: "These children are given to us by Krsna, they are Vaisnavas and we must be very careful to protect them. These are not ordinary children, they are Vaikuntha children, and we are very fortunate we can give them a chance to advance further in Krsna consciousness."
Once again it had been well spent time, with nice preaching opportunities and affectionate exchanges with devotees. I had the opportunity to receive many senior devotees for prasadam at my place, such as Laxmimoni, Malati, Praharana, Dina Sharana, Madan Mohan Mohini and Nataka-Candrika Matajis, Rambhoru Mataji and Prthu Prabhu, Ghoshthakur Prabhu and his good wife Girija Mataji, Caitanya Candra Caran Prabhu and his good wife, Mahatma Prabhu and his wife, and so many others. Mayapur is the only place where I can reciprocate with all the hospitality I am offered throughout the year in so many different places of the world.....
On the 4th of March I left Mayapur for Bangladesh - with some little pain of separation in my heart.....
Your servant, Devaki dd